There is always a little confusion in the chicken eating world between the three main types of whole chickens most commonly available: Broilers, Roasters, and Stewing Hens.
So which type is best for you? It all depends how you will be cooking the chicken, and your personal preferences. If you like a large, very tender bird, go for the Broilers. If you want something with greater flavor, and prefer slow/wet cooking your chicken, the Roasters are perfect.
Stewing hens are best boiled to make delicious stock and chicken soups.
Though each type of chicken needs a little difference in cooking, they are all delicious. If you've never tried homemade stock from a plump stewing hen, or a home roasted pastured broiler, you are in for a treat!