So, the hubby is pushing the meaty bird thing - thankfully, he managed to rehome a good chunk of the excess birds he had ordered and through mother nature's natural selection and a little help from craigslist we are down from 80 birds to 40 - and still looking to reduce down some more - we don't need that many eggs! Point here is that what was going to be my little hobby has become the obsession of the hubby and his BF Frank - and I am over having a dining room full of feathers and dust! But...if the timing were right I would agree to their crazy plans, so.... My question is this: With meaty birds (he wants the jumbo cornish X) and considering the weather where we live (Houston).....how long would they have to be kept in the brooder? Keep in mind that in a few weeks it won't be below 80 for the rest of the summer (unless something crazy blows through). I am thinking maybe 2 weeks, then they could go outside until the end? I told him if consensus was 2 weeks or less, he could do it. If it came back that we had to wait until they were fully feathered as we did with the other birds (we got them in early April and it was still quite chilly at night until just recently) well...the answer is NO! (I really want to reclaim my house for just a little while) So what are the thoughts on this? Wait ...or out ASAP? Thanks as always in advance for all input! I REALLY appreciate all the help I get from this site!