Hi I have 11 pullets 9 months old as well as 3 " roo's" and 6 pullets who are 14-15 weeks old. 1 BCM Roo is mounting some of my older pullets. he seems gentle enough with them, quick on/off, but I am still debating if or how many of the Roo's I should keep. By next Spring the girls will all be laying. I'm not planning on hatching any eggs in the near future but.... It seems since the Roo's are getting older and acting like Roo's that the Hens are laying better.The Pullets (all but 1) have been laying since last Summer, until last week have never gotten 11 eggs/ day. averaged 9 per day now get 11 or ten most days. 1) how many Hen's to a roo? 2) how long after they start crowing is it before they are able to fertilize. 3)I heard that once they start crowing it's too late for butchering unless they go in the stewing pot, is that correct? When all the first batch of chicks were in with a roo the same age, I was told I needed to keep them separate for some time, 'cause he was bothering the pullets before they were old enough to lay eggs. I assume with laying pullets now, that I wouldn't have to do that? Pro's/con's of keeping Roo's other than the con of the amount of feed they'll consume? Any and all advise would be helpful. If I don't keep the Roo's (2 wellsummers 1 BCM) I was going to try to sell one or 2 of them.