Hello, I was very brave yesterday and took all 5 of my cocks to be made ready for the oven! How I ended up with 5 cocks, I suppose I was just unlucky in my hatching rate, I love to incubate my own chicks and have done now on a couple of occasions, but This time I incubated little bantams frazzled and pekin chicks, so I know I'm not going to get a lot of meat off them. Nether the less I have asked the farmer to have them back, as if there is not enough for us. I will cook up for the dogs. I keep telling myself I have to do this through the guilt, If I can to eat them I can't incubate again! Also my poor little hens were being raped left right and centre, and things are certainly a lot calmer out there this morning, I' m sure my neighbours were great-full for the lay in this morning My question is really, as I hate waste and want to do the right thing! What are the best breeds for dual use, great hen egg layers and cocks decent size meat dinners able to fed a family,of 5. Ideally before they start cockadoodledoing. So if I do incubate again, I'm doing so for a purpose and not just for the fun and then hassle of trying to get rid off cocks! Also I know some of you eat your hens after egg production, what age do you do this? Mind you I have a 4 year old out there who hasn't laid a egg for the best part of 6 months and my little red I could never eat her, she is one of my best friends. I am in the U.K ! Many thanks Karen .