All great posts! We got a dozen chicks in the spring (some were sex-linked) and ended up with three roosters. Two were just gorgeous, a Brahma and a black one (sorry, don.t know the breed). Well, those two did a great job for about six months. Then, they degenerated completely, and became known as the 'rapists.' Plus, the crowed incessantly. They ended up in the crock pot. While they were in prison (while the girls free-ranged), lo and behold, but Aphrodite kept on growing. A month later, she began crowing! She became Zeus, and he is the loveliest fellow....a real don Juan. He is gentle when breeding, keeps the girls together, cheers wiith them when they lay an egg, and yesterday morning, had a face-off with three deer who dared to encroach on his gal's territory. Plus, we love his little rooster dance that he does to impress the ladies. This weekend we hatched out seven chicks..couldn't have done it without him.