This past Thursday my DH and I processed our first rooster from our own flock. We have a lot of roosters this year and not enough space for all. I work my a** off making sure my birds are healthy and happy, why not reap the rewards? It was an importat learning experience that I think every meat eater should do at least once. He was a silkieX, so we were not expecting much, but we were pleased with what he provided for just two. I plucked by hand for the first time, and I did miss some. I will remove them all before cooking. I was more concerned about chilling the bird at the time. The skin is not black, but blue, probably because he is a cross. I think its cool. He has been sitting in the fridge since Thursday, is that long enough for a 6 month old bird? Thank you so much little bird.