Meh. So today, my DF gets on my case about "One of those bleep roosters needing to go." I calmly replied "Oh yeah? Why's that?" to which he started on one of his trademark rants about how "Back in MY day people didn't keep worthless animals around, those roosters aren't laying eggs, all they're doing is gobbling down feed, blahblahblah eventually turns to my generation being worthless and ignorant, whatever." So I just kind of sat there listening to him, I don't see any reason for the roos to go. We have 21 chickens total. My mom bought the first six, I bought the rest, (all as less than week old chicks) I raised them, but I built the coop, I feed/water/collect the eggs every day. I make sure they don't have diseases, I even did bumblefoot surgery last week (bleck by the way) Honestly, my Dad has had no involvement with these chickens, except for helping butcher our 6 meaties a few months ago. Out of our 21 chickens we have 4 roosters. One VERY quite, very tame OEGB, another pretty little (sort of loud, but we live in the middle of nowhere so we'ves) OEGB and two beautiful, gentle RIRs. None of these roos have ever attacked anyone (trust me, they'd be gone in a heartbeat if they did) our chickens are FREE RANGE during the day, and the little scratch that I throw out for them I buy. I am returning to college in about a month, but I've already talked to my mom about it, and she's fine with feeding/watering/collecting eggs until I come home on break (as long as I put in little doors so she doesn't have to actually "go in" with the big ugly chickens but she's doing it, so I'm not complaining) I really don't see were he has any right to tell me what THREE roosters need to be slaughtered. But to be fair, I'd like to hear what my fellow BYC'ers think. Am I truly just being a "Ignorant, tree hugging, hippie"? Or am I right in thinking as long as my four boys aren't killing eachother, ripping up the hens or attacking anyone who ventures into our yard, there's no NEED for them to be dispatched? I like the idea of having them around because I've seen the four of them ganging up and beating the tar out of our neighbors weenie dogs, protecting the hens.