Well not cornish x rock, but I figured this was the best place for my thread. If you have the dual purpose birds, and hatch more roosters then you can handle, at what age can you wait untill it gets too tough to eat? and if its too tough, why can't you eat an old layer hen or old rooster? LOL, sorry for being confusing... can you eat old chickens? my plan: have around 20-30 laying hens, (game, RIR, Barred Rock, Buff, Game crosses,) and about 5-6 roosters. hatch eggs under hens (NO INCUBATORS-eww, i hate them!) and depending on production of hens/age- either sell pullets or keep them and butcher hens/sell at trade day. young roosters: replace the old roosters if they're legs start lookin scaly and butcher the rest. So basically im just asking can you butcher the old hens? and if so then would you have to use their meat in soup/baked chicken?(something moist) and how long can you keep a frozen chicken with maybe only the wings and legs cut off? If I butcher that many birds, I would love to make my own buffalo wings!