protector of the flock? I had bantams before and the roo was mature when I got him. He called the girls to him and gave them choice tidbits, he led the girls in the coop when it was time to roost and was definitely the protector. I've switched over to standard chickens with one cockerel and three pullets. None have started laying yet. Two of the pullets are EE so from what I've read, they mature later. Does the EE cockerel mature later as well? So far he's hogging the treats and hasn't been leading the pullets into the coop to roost. Last night it was dark outside before they finally went into the coop. They were just milling around the run like they were waiting for someone to make the first move. My bantam roo always took his hens inside around dusk and they would have a bedtime meal and then go up to roost. Just wondering when I should expect more "roo" behavior from him and less juvenile behavior.