Hi evryone, I am fairly new to raising chickens but had a few last year. Early this spring I purchased 21 chicks split evenly between RIR, Barred Rock and Silverlaced Wyandotte. I got the birds for a bit of both eggs and meat and thought I might like to hatch a few chicks myself. I expected I would get roughly half roosters.(last year I got 5 roos 1 hen). After loosing one I now have 9 Roosters 11 hens. They are about 16 weeks today. Many of the males look ready to eat except for the RIR. I understand they will not be able to stay together much longer (I was hoping I could keep a male of each). I am having a hard time deciding if and when they are ready to be slaughtered. Does anyone have a guide line they use? Also if I want to keep a cock of each I am guessing I will need three seperate coops. anyone else keep multiple breeds and hatch their own chicks?