Sorry if I'm repeating another thread... I've tried to search and can't find the answers I need. Any advice is appreciated!!
My questions is about whether roosters can live separate from the hens most of the year and then be reunited for breeding time in spring -- without stress or fighting/hurting the hens? We aren't "new" to chickens, but have moved to a new farm and are building our new coop. We will have 12 hens and 2 roosters, (6 and 1 of two different breeds). In the past, I have learned that I am not good at "handling" an aggressive rooster, so I don't want the boys to be free range out in the yard along with our girls. Our last roo went to freezer camp after attacking everyone in our family except my 6'6" husband. This time, we plan to breed our own chicks in the future, so we want to definitely keep the roosters (one Orpington and one Wyandotte). So... Can I build a separate coop and run for the boys and keep them contained while we let the girls free-range? I've read here that if they can see the hens, they will still fight each other. But it also seems like the roosters should be "acquainted" with the girls if I expect them to mate without injury. How can this work?
Thanks so much to anyone who can help.