This is a follow on to an earlier thread about having a back-up rooster. https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/adding-a-second-or-back-up-rooster.1263122/ The short version was that I planned on keeping one of my cockerels along with my 5 1/2 year old rooster, Duke, for at least one more year, provided they got along. I've come to the conclusion that keeping Duke is being driven more by my emotional attachment, rather than what is the best thing for my flock (I can explain why if it makes a difference). I now plan on replacing him altogether, and am looking for advice on the best way to make that transition. I have two decisions I could use help with. First, I currently have two 16 week old cockerels that I am trying to decide between. Would it be better to wait on making the choice until after I have removed Duke, to get a better sense of their personalities and which ones the hens might gravitate to? Or are they so young, that all I'm doing is ensuring chaos until they mature? Second, if it's better to choose the "winner" first, when should I actually put Duke down? At the same time as I cull the #2 cockerel, so that my winner stands alone? Or is it better to have a mature rooster around until the cockerel is bit more mature? Right now, every one is getting along. The cockerels have just started to crow and get interested in the ladies, but are not harassing hens or causing trouble yet. They seem to have worked out an alpha/beta role amongst themselves and both defer to Duke and older hens at the moment. I don't have the set up to create a bachelor pad. Thanks! I'm probably overthinking this.