Okay due to the fact that my son has a progressive neuromuscular and metabolic disease as well as autism we eat as natural as possible. We have acquired around 25 chickens several of which are silkies and silver sebrights and to which this question does not pertain. I love the fact that my son gets to eat fresh laid eggs that haven't been filled full of who knows what and the fact that the chickens seem to calm him when he watches them. My question is, we are not using cornish x or a typical meat bird, we are using some that we would really like to try. I have some RIR's that are only about 15 weeks old and want to wait till next year to butcher. We also have some Jersey Giant mix as well. I am still trying to talk myself into this and I think once we do it once I will be fine. U was wondering if there was anything in particular that I need to do in raising chickens for food. Any advice or tidbits of information would be wonderful. I know how to butcher a chicken, my grandfather used to do that, but his chickens just ran loose outside and then when he wanted one he would just go do the deed and prepare it and eat it. Do I worm them? Do I vaccinate them? If by some chance they were to have worms what do I do? I haven't seen any but that is always in the back of my mind. Please tell me any advice you might have as I really think this would benefit my family and son.