While the weather is still reasonable, we decided to get some meat chickens. We ordered them from http://www.mthealthy.com/. We got 16 Jumbo Cornish Rock Cross chicks. They were hatched and immediately shipped to us on September 1. I picked them up at the Post Office in the morning on September 2. All healthy, chirping and active.
I moved them in to a larger container and got them started on food and water. These little chicks are specially bred to grow VERY fast. They should be up to 3 or 4 pounds within about 8 weeks. Most dual purpose (egg and meat) chickens take about 6 months to reach that weight.
They stayed in the basement for a few days, but they were already getting a little crowded, not to mention the odor! So I prepared a new larger home for them on the front porch. They sure are growing fast.