Here's the situation; We raise meat birds (order chicks) and we keep a flock of layers that's a mix of birds we hatch and the occasional new blood we introduce by purchasing a few chicks. Not much of an issue dealing with the meat birds since they all arrive and depart at the same time. Problem we have is with the birds that come from the eggs we incubate/hatch. We've been averaging about 40%-50% roosters from just about every batch of eggs we hatch and a few months later end up with another gang of unruly cockerels. We always start with the intention of letting them fatten up before butchering, but they end up creating so much mayhem they never make it to full meaty-ness before I end up culling them. Biggest problems with the cockerels are them ganging up/abusing hens (one died two night ago from their abuse) and the other problem is the crowing contests that go on all day long. Typically I try to identify the ringleader / biggest troublemaker and cull him first, which usually quiets things down for a few days, but they never calm down long enough, to make it to meat maturity. Cockerels taste OK, but I just don't feel like the return (time/effort/feed) is very good when the birds are butchered at so young an age. Part of this problem comes from our breeding program (so it's self inflicted). Our breeding rooster in a beautiful Fayoumi who's great with the hens, however, Fayoumi's are they fastest to mature of any breed. When crossed with RR, Australorps, EE, Jersey Giants etc....the offspring mature quicker than they normal and egg production starts sooner too, another benefit is the birds also grow bigger than either of the parents. The two drawbacks are; cockerels get their voice at a very young age and their sexual drive seems to have doubled. Not really interested in culling newly hatched chicks just because they're roosters. Only options I see are caponizing (which doesn't sound like a very enjoyable task) or maybe creating a cockerel pen so they can be isolated (but that still doesn't cure he crowing/noise issue). Would appreciate flock management input/feedback). Thank you.