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We raised Cornish-Cross chickens one fall...these are the breed usually used by the "chicken factories" because they grow so fast and have very little fat on them.
We ALWAYS peel off the skin. Ours had about an acre to make use of, but wouldn't leave the feeder. These birds seriously eat all of the time, and don't move once they have a good spot. We would have to go out there and physically move them out of their own piles of poop. They don't move around much, which results in them sitting down a lot, peeling most of their feathers off of their bellies. Which means skin sitting directly on whatever they are on (and seeing as how they chose to sit by the feeders, it was usually on poop). Factory chickens don't have near as much room to roam, so I'm guessing that they are sitting in even more filth (at least we cleaned out around the feeders every other day).
We do not eat chicken skin...we even peel it off of the fried chicken that people bring to church potlucks.
But even though we don't use the skin when making stock, I almost always have jellied stock. Just add a splash of vinegar to leech out the minerals from the bones, and add in all of the cartilage joints (I think that's where most of the gelatin come from, since the more of those I add, the thicker the stock comes out).
Momma to the monkeys three