Don't throw away(or compost) those bones and chicken carcasses! You can use those to make nourishing, healing broths and stocks! It's best to not mix species, chicken for chicken stock, beef for beef stock, etc.. My boyfriend and I always buy whole chickens from the store because it's cheaper than buying pre-cut, individually packaged cuts. It also saves on packaging usage and turns into many meals. After you remove the wings, legs, breasts and tenders, you are left with the carcass and neck. Throw all of this into a big stock-pot or slow cooker(everyone needs one of those). 4 or 5 quart pot should do nicely. Fill with COLD water and bring to a low boil. You can also add a little splash of apple cider vinegar to extract the most minerals but I think it adds a funky taste to the broth. Skim all the scum off and turn the slow cooker or stove to low so that only one bubble comes up every once in a while. I've found that if you cover it on stove-top, it boils even on low so I leave it uncovered and just add more water when I need to. Make sure you keep skimming any scum that is on top. Cook for 12-24 hours. 24 is ideal to get the most nutritional value but if you can only do 12 that's fine. Now at this point it doesn't even smell good, but that's ok because you are going to use it as a soup or sauce base. A lot of people sip warm plain broth as a health drink, but I haven't tried it. Now line a colander with cheese clothe or a towel, put it over another pot or jars(you may need help with this stage) and pour the stock to strain out the solid pieces. The bones should be soft enough to feed to your dog or cat(if you have one). If they are not soft, you should probably cook your broth longer. If you want, you can refrigerate the broth and then take the fat off the top once it has congealed but i usually just leave it unless there is a lot on top. Now you have stock/broth(I still don't fully understand the difference) to use as a base for delicious soups and sauces! I just add a bunch of veggies, herbs and usually some browned ground dark turkey meat. I really can't stress the importance of buying organic, when you eat animals that have been mistreated, basically poisoned and are sick, you get that juju too. When you eat animals that are treated with respect and lived a happy life you get that juju! For a more complete recipe for broths get a Nourishing Traditions cookbook. Sally Falon has got tons of info and great recipes!