I think i had it in my head that some people butcher multi-purpose birds between 20 and 28 weeks. Now, today, i'm re-reading and seeing that it's more like 16-20 weeks. Is that right? I have two that need to be butchered who will be 21 weeks on Monday, but i'm pretty sure that the hubby is going to drag his feet on doing it this weekend. And i was hoping i would get to try to fry these two - or at least bake them - instead of rooster and dumplings. Is it too late? If we butcher them at 22-23 weeks, are they going to be good only for stewing? I've had them confined for a couple of weeks, feeding them grower to fatten them up (and also because they need to be separated from my flock). But it starts to seem a little cruel to leave them confined for a whole month. They're together in a separation pen that is about 4 x 5 1/2 x 4. And they don't fight at all. They mostly roost and eat. I'm a newbie at this. I have butchered 3 roosters before - but those were about a year old, and i knew better than to try to fry them. Your thoughts and advice are welcome. Thanks.