Ok everyone, I have a question for you. Since the topic is aggressive roosters, I am in need of advice. I won't ask you what I should do, as I believe for safety sake(I have 3 kids), mr. Sizzler (yes, I named him that after we found out he was a smooth sizzle)will have to go! What I am asking is on the timing of Mr. Sizzles departure. Ok here it is 1. I have 4 adult hens 3 silkie/1EE 2. One of the silkies hatched 3 chicks about 4 weeks ago. Chicks are in the run with mom and rest of hens, and mr sizzler himself 3. I have 5 pullets(approx 13weeks old) I hatched and have them in run for about 3 weeks separated from adult hens, momma and chicks, and mr sizzler by hardware cloth. I do free range all of them together and all is well, little spats, but nothing extreme. I want to remove the barrier and fully integrate them. I was under the impression that roosters keep a peaceful balance in the flock. Mr. sizzle is awesome with the hens, and the new chicks. I am hoping he can make the transition easier, and then once all is well he can disappear. He is aggressive with my husband. He is constantly after him, trying to spur him. Of course he is fine around everyone else, however I have 3 kids, and that could change. I am in no hurry, as the coop is at our farm and my husband is the one who checks on them every other day. I unfortunatly am only able to see them on the weekends due to kids school. So the kids won't be in danger of getting hurt. My husband and I need sugesstions on timing mr sizzler a departure. Before or after I remove the barrier? We are going down this weekend to add sand to the run, and wanted to have a plan. We are going to remove barrier and needed advice. See below so you may get a better idea of what I am talking about. The barrier is on the right side of the pic. There is hardware cloth in the middle so they have been able to see each other for weeks now.