yesterday as the day before I came home to them sparring in the yard. I have 1 roo, 2 yo, and 2 teenage(?) cockerels and all had seemed peaceful until I viewed this. I KNEW it was coming but thought they would wait a while. They're appx. 7 months old and are very gentle to handle so I was initially saddened. They were born last summer to a broody hen(don't know WHO laid the hatching eggs, tho!) and didn't even realize they were cockerels until about 6 weeks ago! We were in denial and they matured much much slower than the other cockerels I have had. Hatched 3 and , obviously, 1 is a pullet, also very gentle.The meat looks fantastic even though they were as old as they were. Its sad to me when the boys have to go but too many people think they can "rehome" to a nice home and that is not a common occurence as I think a lot of the takers mislead the people getting rid of chickens. My point being if they live here they stay here. Fortunately my son does most of the slaughter and he has a huge heart but doesn't get emotional like myself. Even the father to these 2 cockerels is still a friendly bird. First roo we have allowed to stay because of that. Now the remaining cockerel better behave until I have a warmer day to process.