I would like to get some help from seasoned "caponizers" So far I have caponized about 75 chickens and have 11 of those that are 5 months old. Unfortunately two dogs killed 65 of my capons in one night. I feel confident doing the surgery because I've done so many but I'm a bit clueless on which breeds, feed, pen styles etc that would make this all a more profitable endeavor. I bought one hundred buff cockrells for really cheap and that's where most of my numbers came from. Unfortunately at a little over two months old they met their untimely demise. If we can I would like to keep this about everything except the actual process of the surgery. (if that is what you are looking for "chinese capons", "capons", "wisdom_seeker" and other have great threads, pics etc on that process) I am currently raising some Joel Salatin style in moveable tractors and treating them like the CRX and others are being raised with my hens in an electric fence. The ones in the pens are buffs and the ones with my hens are Barred Rocks and RIR. My intention is the stay away from the CRX and try to find a breed that will process out at a good weight without breaking the bank and making it impractical. Preferably a good forager and tastes great. I'm hoping if the initial cost of the chicks is next to nothing I can off set the feed cost by good foraging ability etc. If any of you breed your own please chime in. I'm a newby and could really use the help. Some sample questions: What breed is best and why? I'm in the Southeast, hot and humid. I know sometimes that matters. Have you noticed any difference in the age when caponizing? Most of mine were done 15 days to a little over a month old. What kind of feed? Do you finish with different feeds? How can you tell a slip? besides crowing, that one is obvious. What age to process? When does the curve on the growth rate slow down? Is there a difference in the size of the hens and capons of the same age? There seems to be with mine so far. Please give opinions, please. An opinion of someone knowledgeable is highly valued. Please if it is opinion let me know. If you have found it to be proven let me know too. I don't mind experimenting and trying new things but don't want to set out on something thinking its time proven and found out it was just conjecture. Again thanks in advance for all your help. If you have pics PLEASE share them.