So ... I've got a question for all you veteran chicken folks out there ... The long and short of it is this: Do I need to keep a rooster if I want to free range hens who were not raised free range (for the first year of their life)? More details: I picked up 6 chicks in April and all of them turned out to be roosters. They are big boys ~ probably 5 to 8 pounds each. Unfortunately, they are aggressive ~ especially two alpha males, who are terrorizing the others and myself, when the mood strikes ~ and I cannot have that, so they all will be departing to the soup pot in the sky on Tuesday. (So sad for me! Just sucks that you get attached before you know if they are a pullet or cockerel!) I want eggs, so I picked up two, 1-year old ISA Brown Pullets on Thursday. The girls are little; maybe 1 to 3 pounds each. They are adjusting to life here ~ I have kept them separated from the roos (although, watching them, they do not back down from the big boys who come calling at the side of the coop and have even nabbed a few tail feathers when they could). They were not free ranged at their original home, so confinement is not an issue for them. I had always planned on free-ranging my chickens, which is why I started with chicks, so they could be raised that way. Since that didn't quite work out, I'm wondering what you guys would do. Would you keep one of the less aggressive roosters (I have my eye on one that has never crowed and never squared up with me, so I think he could end up being not too much of a jerk) and let the hens loose? Or, would you get rid of all of the roosters and just keep the hens as is? Any advice, sharing of experience, gut-reactions will be much appreciated!