Hi all! We are butchering and processing our 3 cockerels this weekend, and I'm hoping it will convince my parents that we should raise meat birds. I've seen the conditions that even "humanely raised" birds are grown in and it's horrible. I would love for us to have our own meat birds. Freedom Rangers vs. Cornish X...The Freedom Rangers would be over $1 more expensive per bird, which can really add up after a while. But I've read they don't have as many leg issues, are more active, will free range, etc...I would love for my meat birds to free range, for two reasons. 1, free ranged birds just seem happier. And 2, it would mean poop is not building up in just one spot(by their feeders) in the yard, it would be spread out all over the yard...which means not as much stink and less work for me because I wouldn't have to be cleaning up poop all the time. I don't want raising meat birds to be a bad experience for us - I've read many people had bad experiences with Cornish X, but some didn't. Some people's CX would free range, others would just sit by the feeders all day. So I'm not really sure what we should look into ordering. What's probably the most important deciding factor, though, is crowing. Will either of these breeds be crowing by the typical slaughter time?(If I remember right, 8-10 weeks for CX and 11 or so weeks for FR's) Roosters/cockerels(or more, their crowing) are illegal here. Crowing is absolutely NOT allowed here. OR instead of JUST Cornish X or JUST Freedom Rangers, I could get a combination of RED Rangers and Cornish X...but then again the RR are more expensive per bird. We would need a temporary coop for the birds. But we don't want to be spending $100+ on a coop, because if we only raise 10-20 birds then decide that we, for some reason, don't want to raise any more...then that adds an extra $5-10 per bird, which is a LOT. For me to convince my parents that we should stop buying store bought meat, I need to be able to do this while keeping the cost somewhat close to that of store bought meat. If we could do it for $2/pound or less, that would be ideal. Is that possible? I can get a 50lb bag of Starter/Grower 20% protein feed for $17 from Tractor Supply. I am sure that I(and my parents) will have more questions/concerns, but that's it for now. Any advice and input would be greatly appreciated! TIA!