So, out of the 30 or so chicks I got this spring, it looks like I only have 9 or so cockerels. This leaves me with approximately 20 pullets. (The majority of the chicks I ordered were the McMurray's Heavy Breed Assortment, hoping for a goodly number of males for butchering) I did specifically order a Buff Rock cockerel, as I read in McMurray's breed description that they are an excellent meat producing bird. I figured this would add some bulk to my future hatches. Now, looking at the cockerels I have, and the variety of hens, I may play a little with mix and match breeding. I'm thinking of keeping two roosters - the buff rock and one other. My other options appear to be a White Giant, SLW, 2 Aussies, and a generic red one. (The other two are a Naked Neck, and a meat-type bird. The meat-type is the prettiest of the boys, but already having trouble walking - I suspect he wouldn't have a long life.) Anyway, I'm thinking of keeping two cockerels and dividing the pullets to have two separate flocks. I would keep them in my two coops, alternating free range days. I would hatch out at least one clutch from each flock, and monitor to see which flock has the meatiest birds. Honestly, this may be too much for me to manage with my ADD, but it may be fun if I can actually make this work. Right now, they're young and everyone is still all together. The two largest cockerels appear to be the Buff and the White Giant. I may sneak into the coop some night to lift each one to feel for weight on the birds. The Aussies are beautiful, but not as bulky looking. (I realize that could be a lot of fluff without much underneath) The SLW is also a pretty bird, but again - not much for size. I don't want to rush into butchering until I can also assess for personality. If I find one that I want to keep shows signs of being human aggressive, it will be invited to join us for supper some evening. The birds are all approximately 3 1/2 months old, and today I watched the Rock and an Aussie kind of sparring. Just raised hackles and a lot of jumping at each other, but nothing else. Any input on this? I love discussion and getting ideas.