Originally Posted by DesertChic
It will definitely take them a few days to adjust if they're accustomed to roaming free, but they WILL adjust. And yes, they're likely to be a bit more rambunctious if they can see the girls than if they can't but given the breeds you mentioned I doubt there will be any serious problems.
One funny about my "frat house": I decided to give by six bachelors some fresh kale as a treat. For several minutes they all stood over the kale, picking it up and putting it down while clucking loudly to invite the girls to join them for a treat, but all of the girls were free-ranging on the other side of the yard. I kinda felt sorry for those guys. After a while they actually started offering the kale to one another. I could just hear this comical conversation going through my head, "Please, you go first. No, no...you! No, really, I insist." LOL!
Update: One of my frat house boys, the Dorking-mix, literally flew out of the cage this morning as soon as I cracked the door open. I've noticed the past couple days that he wasn't leaving the roost when we put fresh food and water in and I think it's because the more assertive roosters wouldn't allow him to feed and drink. I guess he had enough, because today he made his move. He was exceptionally friendly and docile with me, especially after I carried him to one of the feed dishes and protected him from the other free-roaming roosters until he'd filled his crop. The poor guy must've been starving! Tonight he housed himself in his old pen with my EE flock. I'm allowing him to remain "free" until the doctor releases me to do more than type on a computer and I can again start culling the extra roosters.
I just wanted to share this so that others will know to watch for excessive bullying on one bird when all the boys are housed together. This is actually my third experience now with such a scenario, so it's too many times to be coincidental.