The other day I read that it may be dangerous to have too many males with females. I thought mine wouldn't have that problem since they depend on each other and are so close. I have just 2 girls, with 4 boys. Well, today I went out to feed them and was petting my 2 girls. Instead of running away with the flock they just stood there to drink, and seemed to enjoy me petting them. When I pet one of my girls I noticed a hard patch on the back of her neck. First I thought it was a dirty patch but then noticed it was sort of wrinkly. I looked closer and saw prickly new feathers growing in. At first I was very startled thinking she had burned herself on the heat bulb. There's no way she could actually get to it, but what else could it be? Then I see one of my favorite drakes crawl up and stand completely on my other girls backs to drink water. I pushed him off because she didnt fight back. Then I see him grab onto the feathers on the back of her neck. December 18, 2009 was when at least one of the girls started laying eggs. They were born on Easter Day in April so they are probably just starting to mate now. I really hate the idea of giving any of my babies up, but Im worried about my poor girls.