We like to raise our own meat chickens each year. We like knowing what our food eats, that it has had a happy life and has been treated humanely, both in life and in processing. You just never know all that with any store bought chickens. Our meat birds have had a happy life, living on the grass and being able to move about as much as possible. You can read more about that here. When it comes time to process them, we do it quickly and humanely so they don’t suffer.
Storing the meat is another issue altogether. We usually try and freeze some whole, as well as freeze some that are broken down by parts, like breasts, legs, thighs, wings. However, our freezer only holds so much, so we have to can the majority of our chicken meat. It does make it easier to store, there’s no worry about power outages, and you can basically open a jar and use it as is. It’s really not difficult to can chicken, and once you get the hang of it, you may want to can ALL your chicken!