What is the oldest age that roosters can be butchered & still be edible. We have several very nice roosters (Sussex, Partridge, Australorp, Araconda mix, Game) that are 8-9 months of age, but too many. I was out of town for a few months trying to make a meager living when the opportunity arose when they came of prime age & my wife would not have done this, they are just about her pets & mine too to some degree. I would sell them, but don't know where to sell locally & cannot list yet. That being the case I guess I am going to have to butcher them. I have read in several areas & heard from folks that there is no way you can eat them at that age, not even for stewing since they are crowing, have small spurs, & combs & wattles. I have heard they will be extremely horrible tasting, stringy, & tough. I seem to recall eating them when we were kids & they seemed even older than these guys & tasted fine. Could I get some enlightenment on this? Thanks.