In theory I have no problem eating them, chickens are for eggs or meat. In practice, we have a tiny flock of three and for some reason i am extremely attached to the birds. We have a 4-4.5 month old blrw cockerel. I have a hard time figuring out what to do with him. - Release him, he will be eaten by other animals or got picked up by people like Rob. In general I don't find this option responsible. - Eat him - Give away, this seems to be the best option. However I find many responsible, serious poultry keepers have closed flocks. It is easier to breed and thin own flock than to adopt chickens and go through quarantine. I have restrained myself from eating meat, until I can process my own bird. Meantime, please help if you can adopt him. We are going to keep him until he crows.