I have a rooster. He's rather large, I would guess 10-11 lbs. Hes also a mean sneaky you-know-what. I have 6 black aussie roos, about 11 wks old from a straight run I got a while back. 4-5 of those are going to the freezer. I was planning on sending my current roo with them. He is going to be 1 yr old in a month or so. My husband doesnt want to eat him. Thinks he's going to be tough and gross and not edible. I think he will be maybe not suitable for roasting, but definitely fine for soup or pot pie or shredded chicken sandwiches or something of that nature. Hubby gets his info from our old landlord, who replaces his hens every 2 yrs and said he tried one time to slaughter and eat them, and they were so tough and stringy they just shoot them and toss them in the pond for the fish to pick at now. I think thats aweful. I just got into a huge fight with my roo a minute ago and there was a lot of spurring and kicking and punching and dancing. Hubby stood outside the run laughing. I was mad, and said ' can you help me?" he said sure and came back w/the shotgun. Not what I had in mind....But by the time he got back I had kicked him fairly hard, made him bleed a little on his comb, and knocked him out cold. I thought I killed him, and I felt terrible about it, even though hes a wicked you-know-what. DH wants to shoot him and toss him in the ditch down the road. I say no. We have an Amish man down the road that will slaughter, pluck and bag up birds for $1.00. Thats right folks, a buck. So, my question is, what would you do? Is he worth eating? Hes so big, he will prob dress out at 7lbs. Thats dinner 2-3 times for us. I feel like its worth a dollar to at least give this animal a chance to be eaten, and killed for a reason, as strange as that may sound. As opposed to letting DH shoot him with a SHOTGUN just to see the feathers fly. I'm not ok with that. I think he secretly will enjoy it. He's been asking me for 3 weeks now if he can just shoot him. By the way, hes a golden comet rooster.