I've been hatching our own chicks and butchering the extra roosters for meat. For the last 2 months, a Maran barnyard cross, that I've named Kurt Russell, has been the alpha rooster. I've been putting off butchering him because I like him. He's 23 weeks now. I put him in the shed yesterday with water. I went to get him today, and picked him up. He struggled so much more than the others when I went to get them. The desire to live-the fight in him was incredible. I decided he's just too healthy, too strong, too well-formed, too beautiful, and too well-behaved to kill. I never had intentions of keeping a mutt over my flock, because I intended to breed. I'm curious if anybody else has mutt roosters over their flocks that they never intended to keep?