I am living in Panama. I am trying to raise chickens as an economical and delicious way to eat. I have 28 birds of different ages. About 10 are ready for the soup pot now. I processed 4 about 10 days ago. I am ready to process more very soon. Unfortunately I have not kept accurate records for the cost of keeping these birds but it appears that it costs about 2 dollars a lb or so for the meat. Obviously I need to keep records. 25 lbs of feed is 6.20 cents and it only last for about 4 or 5 days. Young chicken meat in the grocery store costs about 1.10 per lb. Older birds cost from 1.30 to 1.40 per lb. I was very disappointed to find that my birds did not taste much different than the older birds bought in the grocery store. I was surprised at how good the grocery store baking hens tasted to me. I was searching hard to find a difference and did not find many. Chicken is an important part of my diet so raising them seemed like the right thing to be involved in. But, now that I am doing it I find that I cannot raise them anywhere near as cheap as I can buy them from the super. Tom morrow I am going to the city to look at small freezers. I want to have a small freezer in the house so I have space for the birds and also I can barter with the fish vendors for larger quantities of freezer meat. What to do-what to do? Thanx for your thoughts.