Trying to decide which cockerel to keep.

Kelson

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With our 1st bunch of chicks we ended up with 4 out of 6 of our chicks being cockerels. So Im finding a couple boys new homes. Need to decide which boy to keep. Im hoping to hatch out some of my own chicks next year. My pullets are 2 polish. A black and a silver. Just brought home a golden buff, and rir pullet as well. I'd really like to keep one of the EE and have some EE X polish. What do yall think?
So these are my EE cockerels to choose from.








These are my pullets




 

Ol Grey Mare

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If you can accommodate it, *I* would keep them for several months/a year and see how they turn out as they grow into their adult personalities - cockerels can go through a lot of changes as they mature and you could choose one on looks today that turns out to have a very undesirable attitude/personality as he grows up.
 

ChookRanger

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If you can accommodate it, *I* would keep them for several months/a year and see how they turn out as they grow into their adult personalities - cockerels can go through a lot of changes as they mature and you could choose one on looks today that turns out to have a very undesirable attitude/personality as he grows up.
X2 Roosters should have the right kind of personality.
 

Kelson

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Any suggestions on keeping all the boys, peacefully, while we see how the mature?
 

Ol Grey Mare

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Any suggestions on keeping all the boys, peacefully, while we see how the mature?

A bachelor pad setup is your best bet - this means keeping them housed together but away from the girls (like out of sight/out of mind away) - which can help keep the hormonal drive of the presence of females causing them to get too up in arms with each other.
 

Kelson

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I have one cockrele (out of the 4)that is very aggressive toward one that is a few weeks younger. Is there a way to get them to co-exist without the older one seriously harming/killing him?
 

donrae

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I can't see the combs really well on those boys, but they both look to be straight combs? If so, their chances of passing on colored egg genes plummets. If you're wanting to breed for colored egg layers you'll want to look for a pea combed bird.
 

Ol Grey Mare

One egg shy of a full carton. .....
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I have one cockrele (out of the 4)that is very aggressive toward one that is a few weeks younger. Is there a way to get them to co-exist without the older one seriously harming/killing him?

Are the cockerels in a bachelor flock or are they in a flock where females are present? The latter significantly increases the likelyhood of there coming a point between males where injury/death would be likely.
 

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