We have three beautiful cockerels and are being asked to keep only one (city rules state the number of roosters allowed is "a reasonable" number... someone in the neighborhood decided that number was one).
We kept these birds around initially for the eye candy but now are thinking that they have the ability to add some color to future flock members and that they are good at keeping the girls in line. We don't intend to become "breeders"--just periodically augment our flock as necessary.
We are considering ways to keep all three cockerels. Is this just ridiculous? I realize that the birds are young and am wondering if any more experienced folks with roosters can weigh in. Do tame chickens grow into their aggression at some point?
Here are the factors we are weighing:
1. All three birds are incredibly tame (still roost on my kids' shoulders).
2. All three birds are gorgeous but of unknown blends. Here are pictures from a few weeks ago (I will try to update on a less cloudy day)
3. Only one bird crows (Alpha)
4. Alpha keeps order in the flock
5. Lav thinks he is a she (sits in the nest box)
6. Pessa seems to hold up the middle of the flock (we have 11 birds total--Auracana, EE, RIR, Australorp, Blue Orp, 2 indeterminate pullets that are VERY attached to Alpha)
7. It would be awesome to pass along some of the top hat genes to future chicks
8. These juvies are roughly 16 weeks old as of this posting.
Anyone have words of reason to pass along? I'd surely love some guidance.