I have never processed a chicken myself. I clicked on the banner of one of the fine BYC sponsors and they have a pretty good deal going on surplus birds. Seeing as I am woefully inexperienced I figure I am pushing my luck even buying 50 of them ($35 for 50) but that is the smallest amount in the special that they run on surplus birds. But... assuming I decide to take the dive.... I pay for the chicks... they arrive... How long do you feed them before butcher time? I am assuming that free range is probably not a good idea for 50 birds?