So when I purchased my chicks from another backyard chicken owner, he told me there was a 90% chance that all but one of the ten chicks he gave me would be female. Of course now I only have 8 chickens, with 3 roosters and 2 suspected roosters. October is the latest I will keep them before butchering all but one. I would like to try aquaponics but the earliest I could get that up and running is next summer. My garden didn't go too well and I need more fencing so I can pasture the chickens but I have learned that baby sitting doesn't really pay for as much fencing as I need. It just goes to show that you can do all the research you want but there's really nothing you can do if mother nature decides to throw you a curve ball. "when life gives you too many roosters, make chicken soup"