I hate it! I do it myself but it is a very hard thing for me. I know I have to when there are too many roo's but even that isn't easy! I favor the roo's. People gave me their birds when I first started, and I asked if I could have some of those instead of someone raising the egg layers to eat, instead of having them for their eggs, yes, and learned of different breeds (purebreds) but that quickly lead to too many to suppport and now the eldest hens have not laid eggs for most of this year. The hens are awesome mama hens though and now its come time for them to depart and I wish it wasn't. My neighbor and son in law offer to help but the birds know me and I've got to do this If I would get my chicken flocks down to one or two like I originally planned, instead of four or five, I could take very good care of my birds, allow them to raise chicks on a schedule. So, why does it have to be so hard? Meaties were hard to do, too, but worth raising and eating. I am struggling with trying to be a "farmer" type of gal in this respect but love everything else about raising chickens. It must be hard on the roo, too, to lose his favorite hens. I wonder how long a roo is "good for" and if it is kinder to raise a young roo for the younger hens or if the older roo is absolutely wonderful, like my banty roo, if he will be just as happy after the big change, to have younger hens for his flock? Guess I'd better just get dressed up for it and get it done... I made sure I couldn't back out of it this time by not buying dog food because I've backed out every week for so long I had a plan when I first started in chickens and now its been hard, very hard, sticking to that plan! So many wonderful breeds out there and so much to learn, such wonderful personalities, such beauty, such great qualities...I've delayed long enough and its very sad to have to do this part of husbandry. I need to find leg bands to put on my main BO hens before their pullets grow much bigger so I know which are which. I'd like at least three colors, one for the original hens (3) and another color for the first generation, then another color for the second generation. One good thing I've accomplished is that so far I'm seeing a big decrease in the size of the pullet's combs/wattles so less chance of frostbite, so I am feeling very good about that even if it is not in the original standard of BO's. This alone saves having to consider cutting the comb/wattles as I had to do on my main BO roo a year ago last December. At this point, I'm not downsizing the BO's at all- its the other breeds, in order to keep the BO's and possibly RIR's. At this point, I get wishy washy all over again, do I want RIR's? Do I want BLRW? Do I want green or blue egg layers? Its such a joy to see all the different colored eggs in the container, like opening a favorite Christmas present every single day and often times, more than once a day... I sincerely Thank my hens for providing such a wonderful warm and pleasant feeling in my heart!