8 months- is that how long it takes the average chicken to reach a butchering size? Broilers/fryers grow faster I assume. Pekin ducks are ready for processing by 7 weeks old. My Pekin ducks were like 8 pounds by then. (I didnt process them though. they are my buddies) Meat chickens mature much faster than months right?
No, I think most folks process there cockerels a lot earlier than that and most hybrid meat birds are "ready" in much, much less time.
The rooster we raised to process was a Heritage Rhode Island Red, a dual purpose bird but one that grows much more slowly and naturally than a hybrid. We purchased straight run chicks with the intention on keeping the hens for eggs and eventually processing the males. Well I wanted my little cockerel the have the longest, fullest life possible before he became dinner. To grow up and do cockerel things, scratch at the earth, chase bugs, maybe mate a hen or two. So we decided to keep him and feed him (fatten him ) until he decided to crow, we live in Oakland where you're technically not supposed to keep roosters due to a pesky noise ordinance. It took our cockerel just over 8 months to "find his voice" and then we had to do the deed. I was really surprised that he didn't crow way before then but maybe he knew the longer he kept quiet the longer he had to live? LOL.
It was an amazing experience and resulted in a delicious dinner that I felt completely at ease with. You can read more about our experience on my blog. I haven't updated it in quite some time, I keep meaning to start again though.