I have a mixed flock of gold and silver wyandottes - 9 pullets (6 gold and 3 silver) and 2 roos (1 each color), they turn 8 months old tomorrow. I know it needs to be 1 roo to the 9 females but I'm not sure the best way to decide. They all came together from Mcmurray hatchery as day old chicks so they all grew up together. It was a straight run and we put 9 cockerels in the freezer - that was hard enough! And we were hoping hoping we could keep one gold and one silver roo for the hens. They get along, don't fight but they are already making me get saddles for a few hens, and it's not even springtime yet. How do you guys decide? Both roos (cockerels I know is correct term, but for short roo, ok?) are easy going. Leo the GLW was alpha for the most part, but got a bit of frost bite on his comb and began to retreat from duties. He is fine, his comb is fine just damaged, but when he was concerned about his "headache", Big Blue Roo began very gently taking the girls. Now in 30 days time, the young ladies follow Blue around and Leo always hangs back. Blue is huge, I love his size and we are breeding for meat & eggs - don't care about purebreds for selling or show. Leo is wide between the legs, way more than Blue and I hear that is good for future hens - less egg-bound problems. And Leo is stunning with his long "mane" he really looks like a lion. These are free range all day & locked up at night. Neither roo seems really on top of protecting the flock, but maybe 8 months is too young? The free chick from McM. was an Egyptian Fayoumis and wrote the book on flock protection, but he died unexpectedly.The biggest problem is that I'm liking Blue the best and my partner in crime likes Leo the best.... My last hope is that someone tells me they will get gentler to the females after they get over their teenage rage, but I'm pretty committed now that one of the two needs to go. :-( Help!