Disappointingly, the $50 (AUD) I spent on a "POL Plymouth Rock" turned out to be a waste when the "POL hen" turned out to be a rooster (fortunately the breeder refunded me). Now I have x2 plymouth rock roosters! But I quite like the younger guy now so hoping to keep them together. The one at the back was mature and bought, intentionally, for $10 as a roo. He's the alpha and mates the hens, crows a lot, herds the group etc. The younger one (at the front), who is coming of age, tried to crow the other day but was quickly put in his place by the alpha with a swift peck and he hasn't crowed at all since. Other than this, there has been no fighting at all, he follows around the alpha roo like a big brother, cuddles up to him to roost, and hasn't (from what I've observed) tried to mate any of the hens at all. It seems like he knows his place as no. 2. Will this continue? Has he just decided he's not the alpha male and that he won't ever get to mate the hens? It all seems a little too harmonious so long as he continues on with so much self-control and doesn't challenge the boss. (He does like to growl at the hens and the chicks to show he has some level of power but that's all he does). There is also a third, Australorp rooster on the farm with his own clan of hens but he keeps to a different area. The two groups don't go into one another's territory. I don't know if the Plymouth boys have teamed up (strength in numbers) against the Australorp. (Australorps sleep in a separate pen an have nothing to do with the Plymouth clan. Should I dare to hope things will go on this way?