Extreme heat or cold will significantly retard the growth of a free range chicken. The batch that goes into this month’s cooler are of the “extreme cold” weather variety, so expect less weight on your chicken this month. But this brings 2 pieces of good news. Smaller birds tend to have a more intense flavor. Secondly, while your grandmother spoke of eating “fryers”, the average person today has no idea what a “fryer” is or assumes that is something you get at Popeye’s. Wrong. A fryer always was and always will be a chicken weighing less than 3 pounds, most often falling in the 2.5 pound category. So, enjoy your fryer while you eat not only with the season but as your ancestors did. We don’t charge extra for that little extra.