What is the earliest you can butcher a chicken? I have a verity of 6 week old chicks that are bigger than quail. They are BSL, GSL and RIR's. Is there much meat on a 6-7 week old chick? I wouldn't butcher but a few and keep the others till they were 16 weeks. Right now I just have too many and either need to get rid of a few or butcher some.