This post on the SF board is perhaps not getting the answers the poster wants.
There you aou are at the farmers market and there are cages of chickens ... all types and colors. Which one do you choose?
Other than the fresh factor, what makes one want to buy a live chicken? Is it just price and size? Does it need to look feisty like a live crab in a fishmongers tank?
Are they handled any differently than the supermarket chicken. For all I know, they have spent their lives in cages eating the cheapest chicken feed loaded with junk. How do you know that is not the case?
So you select your chicken and the vendor puts it as is, breathing, in a paper bag.
Without being overly graphic, you bring your chicken home and what next?
After ... next ... what is involved? What do you do with all those feathers. My grandparents had chickens and besides hearing some horrible what went wrong with the dispatching stories, I seem to reacall that you have a limited time to remove the feathers. The longer you wait the more difficult to deal with the feathers.
Ive been considering the selection process lately. The caged chickens seem rather large, but I don't know if once defeathered, how large they are. IIRC, the price of a live chicken is about $6, so it may or may not be a deal depending on weight.