i'd really like to get some chickens to raise for meat. we are trying to become more self sufficient and eat more healthy home grown foods. i have no clue where to start when it comes to doing this, is there a good book out there that will have all the info i need? i dont plan to do the butchering myself yet, i hope to be able to do this in time but not quite yet, so i will have to find someone to do that for me. as far as raising the birds i have a few questions: -if i order chicks from a hatchery, what is the best breed to go with? i dont really understand 'roasters' 'fryers' and terms like that. i figure i will keep some of them whole to oven cook, and have some cut up. -which is the easiest breed to raise for meat? dual purpose breeds or specific meat breeds? -can i let them free range so i get a real 'organic raised chicken'? so i have to supplement with feed and if so, what do you all feed to get the most chemical free meat in the end? -if i order chicks, do i order males or females? does it make a difference? is there anything else i need to do/give them when raising, anything specific?