Isaac, my wonderful Delaware rooster, will be turning 5 years old after the first of the year, so as some of you know, I've been raising up some of his sons for when his dreaded departure happens. I wasn't sure if I'd keep one or two or more of them, realizing that I really don't have the number of hens for a high number of roosters, however, recent fox activity (as well as evidence of other, previously unknown, unheard and/or unseen predators for here) have helped me decide that I do want more than just two. So, after yesterday's rehoming of Ira, one of the middle cockerels, I am left with three cockerels in the main coop and two 12 week old males growing out with the older hens in the retirement coop. Unless someone gets stupid and turns mean, these are the ones who will be staying to oversee the free range main flock. My chosen Fearless Five: Indiana Jones (Indy), 25 weeks old, Del x BR, out of big Ida. Rex, 23 weeks old, Del x BR, also out of Big Ida: Deacon, 21 weeks old, out of Isaac with the Tiny Terrorist, weird Amera-Sumatra hen. And the 12 week olds: Gabriel, out of Rita, the red BLRW x Ameraucana hen And Scout, Del x EE, out of Maretta, who is 1/2 BW Ameraucana and 1/2 EE. He's so sweet and calm, so decided I should keep this Delawegger. And this is why I decided to keep more than one rooster with the main flock: And a couple of the pullets coming along: Serena, 12 week old full sister of Gabriel. Isn't she a pretty little thing? And Raven, who is about to lay from the looks of her. She is 24 weeks old now, out of the Tiny Terrorist, but thankfully, taking temperament from Dad. Didn't get pictures of Delia, who hatched with Deacon. She's been in and out of nests for days now, though she's younger than Raven.