Hi All I think part of the permaculture journey is experimenting with different ideas and processes, I came up with the great idea of taking a good friends (who breeds chickens) day old roosters as they don't/can't sell them, I would breed them up for meat and butcher them myself. While I have now done quite a lot of roosters now, I still prefer to work with my friend up the road and have a processing morning, problems is when life gets busy and the roosters get older and life keeps getting busy you are left with 14 fully grown roosters that start crowing at 0230 through to 7 or so. my neighbours now hate my roosters and I'm not really their biggest fan either. I think once I have done this large batch for chicken stock, dog food and maybe some eating meat I will go back to maybe 1 or 2 roosters just for breeding A couple of problems I have come across. 1. Crowing, a fully grown rooster can be heard for miles and can wake you from the deepest sleep and roosters set themselves off crowing, it's like a competition. 2. If you don't process your roosters at a young age the high levels of testosterone in mature roosters can taint the meat creating a very strong gamey favour. 3. free ranging roosters can also get a tougher meat from ranging all day every day, which is only useful in very slow cooked dishes. What are your thoughts on breeding roosters for meat?