I live in Costa Rica, so tropical environment.
I've had a laying flock for a few years, and I am looking into having meat birds.
The few times I've bought an "organic free range" chicken here, the meet was tough and there was very little breast meat.
Now, I may have been given an older laying hen....I'll never know for sure.
Here is my question:
Is it possible to free range for the day, put up for the night, and still have the tender plump chicken I am used to getting from the commercial growers?
I am sorry that I do not know what meat breeds are available here, yet.
Other than breed, are there theories on the possibilities of letting them have their days free to roam, and still stay nice and tender?
Does the free range exercize toughen them up, or is it simply age?
As a finishing note, I do realize that some feel it is not important to the "happiness" of the chickens (their quotes) to free range them, but if I am keeping them, they get to free range....just make me happier, if nothing else.
OK, thanks for the help!