So I hatched out seven chicks under a broody and naturally 5 or 6 of them are males (they're just 7 weeks old, so I can't tell about all of them yet). They're all dual-purpose breeds, and I'm trying to sell them, but I can see the writing on the wall. I'd like to keep them as long as possible--I have the space as long as they can mix with my flock, but I figure I'll have to eat some eventually. In her book "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens" Gail Damerow says that after a rooster gets to be a "stag" with comb and spurs, then he can no longer be eaten. Does anyone know when exactly this would be? I have a 9 month old Sussex rooster who's been living on my last nerve, but is doing his job admirably. Is it too late to send him to freezer camp? What about the younger ones? Thanks!