So I read an article here on Historic Breeds for meat. The article talked about the different ages traditionally classified as up to 12 weeks for broilers, 20 weeks for fryers, 5 to 9 months for roasters, and over a year for fowl. I've been wanting to reduce the flock size, so I thought we would process the unwanted packing peanut roosters we got with our last small order. They were only 11 weeks old. Why not have some young broilers? We were looking over the flock for candidates and discovered one of our 5 month old hens eating an egg. It was a quick decision to add the egg eater to the group to be processed. We decided to process two 5 month old hens along with 10 young roosters. The 5 month old hens dressed out beautifully. The 11 week old roosters had a lot of pin feathers. We had to skin them (after we plucked them). My wife and I have decided not to process any more 11 week old Barred Rocks. The skin has too many pin feathers, and she likes the skin. Any one have a target age for processing barred rocks? I know that 5 months gives you a nice looking dressed out bird.