I understand that these are dual purpose chickens. They are now 5 weeks old and are still very small. At what age can they be butchered and still be tender? We processed our NHR roo last year at 24 weeks. He was big as a turkey but was tough and "gamey" tasting. I understand that free ranged birds that are not cornish x will taste different, but is there anything I could do better this time to make them more palatable? I just hate to kill them and bury them when the broody is done with them. Thanks for all suggestions and comments.