I've raised chickens (layers) for the last 10 years. We have never done meat birds. We purchase free-range meat from a large co-op. I am, however, interested in doing my own this year. Few questions: 1 - Will they free-range at all, or eat only feed? We have pasture and would love to free-range them if they will. 2 - Any particular time of year better to raise them? I'm in Louisiana. I'm assuming I don't want to do this in mid-summer. 3 - What age do you butcher them? 4 - Can you just skin them out, and, if so, is it practical, easier, etc? 5 - What type of grain do you have to feed? And how costly is it to go organic?