I guess this is not really questions but more for the sake of conversation about the issues for my education I guess. I have about 35 heritage roos for meat. They are about 15 weeks old now. There are some that are driving me absolutely bonkers, which I want to do away with tonight! They are the red sex link males that were free for "heat" for shipping the order. I decided to just keep them and see what happens, plus this is our first time ever butchering, so I figured we can try on the freebies. Those are the ones are driving me crazy. They aggressively go after the hens who are about 4 weeks older. They are out to kill them. I dont think they are trying to mate as what I first thought. Once one starts on a hen, 2 more will come over and join in. They are mostly free range, so splitting them up is not exactly an option, though I was able to today. I have the majority barrd rocks, and a hand full of white orphs, white rocks, and white wyandotes. These male red sex links (rock/RIR cross right? )are the biggest, and their feathers dont seem to be as thick as the other breeds, so it looks like they actuly have meat on their bones already. Could this breed really be bigger/ready this soon? Basicly, they are a x-ed dual purpose bird, so it does make sense right? I just hate to do it to early and waist what could have been a slightly heavier bird. So is it normal for males to aggressively go after the hens NOT to mate? The roos have duels against each other, nothing to bad at this point, and I dont really care if they beat up on each other who can defend itself. The roos dont gang up on a single roo yet, just the hens. I hate that. The cock-a-doodle-dos, I have noticed that its again the sex link breed. They have seemed to grow and mature the fastest, though a few of the barreds rocks have started, and he is also bigger then the rest. Can their calls indicate their maturing and readyness for the crock pot? Some one told me a while back, who doesnt keep roos because of the safety of their children, and who raises only dual purpose breeds for meat, that their rule of thumb is, once it starts having a voice, off with its head. Okay, sorry for that rambling on, and my non question, questions. Thanks in advance for any info/answers or enlightenment on the subjects.