Hi! New here. This summer will *hopefully* be my first time owning chickens. Definitely going to get 6 or so layers, and considering meat chickens. I'd like to get freedom rangers from JM Murray as I have small children and no time to do intensive management schemes. Feed, water, get eggs, weed the garden, homeschool, and on, and on... And I don't want to deal with broken legs and heat exhaustion, ugh. My questions are as follows: If the "live weight" of a freedom ranger at 9-11 weeks is between 5 and 6 pounds, what does the dressed (whole) chicken weigh? And how much breast meat will said chicken have? We eat a lot of breast meat but could switch to dark in a lot of our recipes with no one the wiser. If I buy a whole chicken at the store it is usually about 3.5 pounds. Are these freedom rangers going to be comparable to a "store-bought" whole chicken? I know that the "chicken breast on steroids" usually found in skinless boneless chicken isn't going to be attainable for me but would like an idea of how much meat is there. We will have 5 acres for said chickens to roam, probably doing a move-able pasture system. I only plan on getting maybe two batches of 50 birds, so they'll have plenty of roaming room. How much feed does it take to get an itty bitty fuzzbutt to a 6 pound chicken?? If on pasture, will I notice a reduced feed bill? I live in eastern WA and feed here is $$. I think I can buy in bulk from the mill that sells to the feed stores for reduced cost, but I need to know how much feed 50 birds go through in 11 weeks first! Are there other things I need to know? How prevalent is disease in chickens? Thanks so much!