I'm hoping that someone can give me guidance as to how to handles this fellow's behavior. He is an 18 month old Marans -- yeah, I read that some are aggressive. Problems began when I combined two flocks for the winter. I purchased the Marans straight run and, much to my dismay, ended up with 5 roosters. One of the five was dominant and he was the first to end up in the freezer. Four were given away or butchered. I kept "Silver Splash" who appeared to be submissive. For winter it was necessary for me to combine the youngsters with my older flock of hens and a black Araucana rooster I call Blackie. I did this over a week or so placing two at a time inside a dog crate, inside the coop so everyone could adjust. After a couple days I would let them out, then add 2 more. No problem . . . until it was time to introduce the Marans. Even though he had a hen to accompany him he immediately became upset attempting to "fight" with Blackie though the crate. By the second day he managed to draw blood. I was not there to witness the event but Blackie ended up with a broken leg. He is back to roosting now and I believe he has healed completely. Needless to say, I never did release the Silver Splash for fear of additional damage. He continues to live in the dog crate with the rest of the flock surrounding him. His behavior is troubling. He attacks me daily when I feed and water. I am unable to open the crate door without taking measures to protect my hands. He is not interested in escaping, he really wants to attack me. I have to wait for the weather to warm up here before I attempt any "corrective behavior". Any advice out there? I have read previous threads that suggest holding him until he calms down. He is a fabulous looking fellow and I know he will do a great job in protecting the hens. I hate the thought of seeing him go.