My mother used to call whole chicken "stewing hens", but she also called them "fryers". I guess it depended on what she planed to do with them. I don't fry chickens, although that is a perfectly wonderful thing to do if you want. I roast them and stew them.
My current price point from whole chickens is $.79 per pound. When they come on sale at that price, I buy one or two or three on sale. There is a part of a shelf in my freezer reserved for them. I take out any from a previous purchase and put the new ones in the back. This is a lot of protein for a little money, so my recommendation is to learn things to do with them that please you and that your family will eat.
My Mother's Chicken and Noodles starts with a stewed chicken.