I currently have 18 laying hens and 1 rooster all about 18 months, along with some pullets and cockerels from this year. I am considering removing the rooster and all but 2 of the (very young) cockerels. What is the impact to the flock and pecking order of removing the alpha rooster? Will it be a total shakeup or will the hens retain the status quo? There will be some month and a half old chicks, broody raised, still getting used to the flock that I'd be concerned about. About half the hens are showing some wear but overall they seem to like his presence. He can be aggressive, mostly when in the coop or in 'his' territory, less to me but more so to visitors. With the males not contributing in the winter and a next generation ready to pick up next summer, figure its time to lessen the flocks food bill and open up some space in the coop for winter.