Ugh, 112 degrees predicted for here on Saturday. Every year I lose at least one male that is housed in my small 4'x4' bachelor pens from the heat, due to their design. So last night in the dark, I moved 9 of them into the bigger pens. Two pens had been emptied out so put 2 Ameraucana cocks in one and 3 Black Copper Marans cocks in another. Then added 2 Barred Rocks to 3 existing BR males. And one Black Copper Marans went in with 2 others and a Barred Rock. One Rhode Island Red went in with 3 hens. This afternoon, the only one showing any problem was one of the Barred Rocks that went in with 3 others. His comb was bloodied and he was hiding in a corner. So I put him in with the 2 Ameraucanas, he is bigger than they are and hopefully will hold his own in there.
5 more males in single pens--going to try to add them to others tonight and see how they get along. I might still lose a bird in this heat, but at least they have a better chance where they can move around more.