I'm a new chicken owner just getting started. Four 10 day old chicks were given to me in the spring. I took them only so they would avoid the same fate as their 7 other siblings (eaten by the irresponsible chicken owner's own cat). It turns out that three of my chicks are cockerels! I have tentative homes for two of them. The third is my 6 year old son's favorite and he is quite tame and easily handled. We would like very much to keep him as a pet. In hopes of avoiding any future aggressive behavior and to hopefully deter loud crowing, I'm seriously considering having him caponized. I've read that it can be done humanely under anesthesia. I have a couple of questions. First of all, does anyone know of a vet in Northern Virginia that would do it? Secondly, did I wait too long to have it done? I'm not sure of their exact age, but I can say that they are now fully feathered. No eggs yet from the pullet, but one of the cockerels has just started to crow softly.