Hi All, Back in June we got 9 unsexed heritage chicks. The store said we could return roosters in exchange for pullets. For a while it's been clear we got too many, but only recently realized it is stressing out the laying hens and this is the likely cause we're getting too few eggs.
Now I dont know one breed from another, generally, so I dont know the relative qualities that would make one roo desirable over another to keep. I do know which is alpha, of course. It started crowing first and loudest and most often. Recently another has started crowing and we believe we've heard a 3rd cock's crow in the mix of now 17. About a week ago one of the laying hens died. Didn't look like from a predator. Tho cause is uncertain, stress from too much attention from roosters could have factored.
Here's some pics. The 1st is the foremost alpha. I figured it would be more interesting to watch one of the other roosters rise to alpha than stick with status quo (existing pecking order), but willing to keep him if he's of a desirable breed. The 2nd pic is the 2nd one to crow. The first I heard him I believe was his first time to crow, as he was separate from the others, outside the run, but still within earshot. The other pics we believe are also cockerals, referring to the bird in the foreground of the last pic. I'm hoping for help deciding. Much thanks to you experienced and knowledgeable: