They were around 11 weeks old, which is four weeks older than their meat bird brethren.
I probably could have waited a few more weeks to let them get to 100% of their mature weight, but they were going through the feed like gangbusters, so I got tired of waiting for them to "flesh out" a little more and just took them in.
And like I said, wow.
What an extreme difference between the meat birds and these layer-breed cockarels.
Have a look.....
I haven't tried cooking them yet, but my plan is to throw one or two in a soup pot. If the meat cooks tender enough to eat in the soup, then great. If not, I'll just use the meat for dog food, and keep the broth for future cookin'.
No harm, no fowl.
Gotta love that chicken humor.....
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