I'll load up a pic today. I know hatchery stock is generally not the best, especially when it comes to boys, but man, I lucked out!!! Back in April, I purchased on a whim, one dozen assorted chicks, 6 from the RIR bin, 6 from the assorted bin, all straight run. I ended up with a nice mix - 5 boys, 7 girls. Of the 6 RIR, 1 was definately a rooster from the beginning, and I wasn't too hot on him, just a plain jane red chicken. I liked the SLW boys more - they were so pretty and colorful. A second RIR finally started showing boy signs, so I had my 5 roos. I intended on processing some of them, but I wanted to let them decide who was going to be dinner, based on their attitudes. I have a little girl, and no mean chickens allowed. Second chances are two chances too many with a little one. So, time went on, and at 15 weeks, one of the SLW started to challenge us, and made the mistake of stalking out DD with that gleam in the eye. He was invited to dinner. The other two SLW and the two RIR were still not as mature, and just milled around. I still figured I'd cull out both of the RIR, just not "cool" enough for me. I didn't even bother naming them. At 17 weeks, one of the SLW and one RIR started being obnoxious, and really beating on the hens, and the SLW came after me. Two more to dinner. Now, I'm left with one SLW, and one RIR...and the RIR is just growing and growing. Great! I'll have a fantastic dinner! I still wasn't attached to him, just a plan bird ya know? Well, at about 20 weeks, he came into his "almost adult" beauty - he's a GIANT, with gorgeous feathers, giant comb, and just a splendid boy to look at. I start watching him more, and I see how gentle he is to the hens - he will wing drop and dance for them, and if they squat, he mates, if not, he will leave them alone. When it's dust bath or sunning time, the girls all like to lay around him. He always finds food, calls, and backs out for the girls to eat. He gives a respectful distance to all humans. So, he was awarded a name by my husband, the original "Big Red". I just can't get over how splendid and neat he is. He's a BIG boy, and dwarfs the rest of the chickens, but he doesn't use his size against anyone. He's gentle and nice to the girls, and doesn't get upset over my daughter's antics (we are trying to cut the chasing of chickens, but well, she's 2.5. She also likes to throw the BOSS on them). He never tries to stand up to me or DH when we herd them in from free ranging. He's just a nice, benevolent leader. And did I say how gorgeous he was? So Big Red will stay (he's 24 weeks now). He's made it out of the stew pot.