I have a 26 week old Buff Orpington Rooster. He is HUGE. He stands probably a hand taller then the hens and the Barred Rock rooster. He is just massive. But he has a huge comb (and wattles) and the back part of the comb is VERY purple. Also, since about 14 weeks, his legs have been very red. So red that I thought he was bleeding, but it's IN his legs! Otherwise, he is a very calm rooster, nice to the hens and the humans alike. LOL his crow is hilarious, ends like a turkey's call, so I call him Turk. I need to decide what to do with him. First off, what can be the problem? Heart disease? Is his body too big for his heart to support? I would like to carry his size to the next generation (which would only be used for butchering next summer/fall), but not sure that is wise? But then again, those cockerels and hens would ONLY be for meat, not for producing further generations. What do ya'll think?