I'm getting some pastured chickens that a local homeschooling family is raising as a project together. They're expensive but I know that they're feeding the chickens good stuff (I pointed them to a local grain farm that sells organic chicken feed) and will be processed humanely (and will be going to help when the time comes). I just don't know how many to get because our finances are so insanely up in the air. They're offering a discount with a purchase of 25, but I think that's more than I can swing at this point. I asked her for ten and to let me know if more were still available later in.
In any case, in June I'll be helping with processing two hundred chickens. Presuming I take home ten birds, what's the best way to stretch them so they last as long as possible? I'd like to leave the biggest one or two whole for when I have company. I was thinking of packaging the rest of the birds two and four leg thigh quarters in a package and one or two breasts per package, plus bagging up the wings and backs separately for broth making. Fat will get collected for rendering also (and I hope to be able to get extra from processing day). I'm one person, so it doesn't need to feed a whole family, but I do like to cook enough for more than one meal at a time.
I also don't know how much freezer space this is going to take. I have a decent freezer on top of my fridge, but hopefully will be getting a chest freezer soon.