Large-scale, local hatcheries will give away rooster chicks that you can raise free-range as a source of free meat. All you have to do is pick them up.
Free-range roosters have a diet made up of vegetation, weed seeds and insects. As a result, free-range roosters have a deeper-red comb and wattle than their grain-fed counterparts, and, as a source of meat, their taste cannot be beat!
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Build a chicken brooder out of a recycled fiberboard box following this diagram. It is important to round the corners with cardboard so the chickens do not pile up on top of each other.