I know I read that over and over so because my husband and I can't bring ourselves to process any of our hens or roosters eventhough we are feeding 100 extra roos that run around our farm, we thought it would be a wise idea to buy Cornish Xs early this Spring because "they start dropping dead at around 10 weeks old" so we thought surely we could process them. Game plan was wait till they started dropping dead and then process them because "they are going to die anyway". Well, I can still hear God laughing. The upside is that they weigh 20 pounds and their eggs are larger than goose eggs. I've actually come to like my white "turkeys" that come waddling when they see me. But....I did want to let any other "newbies" in the meat bird world know that they do not just "drop dead" at a young age.