I joined the group and posted on May 31st about my original problem - we rescued 8 chickens from friends who couldn't keep them only to find out they are Cornish Rock Cross - meat birds. It is now a month later - the birds are 14 weeks old, the 2 roosters are BIG. The photo below was taken 3 weeks ago - One on the right is big and round - the one on the left is the alpha - big and aggressive toward the hens and other rooster. He is fine with us - not aggressive, but does not let us touch him. We do not need the roosters, we are not breeding, we are hoping for eggs and even that is slim given that our hens are meat birds. We have a chance to get rid of one tomorrow - a friend is visiting who is a chef - he said he would take a rooster. The hens are afraid of both - they will no longer go willingly into the coop at night, BUT...they will sit around the alpha while free ranging. Round boy is not allowed near them by the other. Round boy will let us pat him - as a result, we like him and are leaning toward getting rid of mean boy. . We are new bird owners, we know nothing about chickens...what will it do to the group to lose the dominant rooster they have known since birth. Does it even matter? My friends laugh and say I am over thinking this - they haven't seen the bloody necks on my hens! I put the big one in a separate coop last night - the other rooster, usually docile in the presence of the alpha, immediately started to mate with the hens, he was tearing feathers out of them - they all ran out of the coop and it took me forever to find them and round them up. At this point, I am ready to get rid of both! By the way, I did not have these when they were small. Does holding them a lot when they are chicks make them more tame and docile as adults?