I looked around a little. Some of the information I got was conflicting, so I thought I'd officially ask: I've quite new to this, I have 4 RIR Roos and 8 sexlink/RIR hens. All are just over 17 weeks old. All seem to be changing in behavior too, ESPECIALLY the roos. None are laying just yet. The big, king roo is a BIG bird. He's pretty cocky, but never to me. Yesterday he attacked for the very first time...... at my wife. I stepped in and he calmed down real quick like, but I'm afraid he's going in the oven. All the better I suppose because as it's turns out, I have too many anyways. Is there some kind of rule of when to eat chickens? I've heard 7-8 weeks, but mine were still small then, that can't be right! No? Is there a rule, never try to bake a chicken after 10 weeks, or 15 weeks or? after that do we make soup? or is all fair game? It's too bad, I was hoping to keep the big Roo. He's serious enough I think he'd protect all the others from some predators..... but I can't have him hurting hurt MY girl. Thank you!