I butchered a brahma rooster a few months ago, froze it and yesterday had it for dinner. It was my first time eating one that I roasted and was a little disappointed in the results. "Bully" was a little tough and dry although he was only about 7 months old. He was a heavy bird and had been free ranged most of the time. He was a horny guy which is why I had to get rid of him and chased the chickens around all day. I cooked him in a slow oven with alot of poultry spices and had to add extra water to the roaster pan. He tasted okay but a little dry. Should I have brined him or marinated the carcass? I'm a bit new to eating my own chickens. Should Bully have been crock-potted due to his upbringing with the girls? Is there a difference between "Bully" the Brahma rooster who ate layer feed and foraged with the chickens and the colored rangers or freedom rangers which I am buying this month? I'm getting 12 chicks to raise this summer. If I feed them broiler feed and free range them, will they taste better than Bully?