So - Saturday my husband and I picked up barf the rooster from our local ASPCA. He had been in isolation for more than 2 weeks and had been checked for all the diseases they could check for, so on. I was so excited to get him home to the girls. They have not had a roo for over a month when we culled our last roo for being too mean. We get him home, take him out of the carrier and let him meet the girls. He was strutting around for about two minutes. He walked up to the head hen, who is a buff orp, and attempted to "do his job" and she proceeded to beat his roo butt! He did try and bow up at her at first but she just beat him up. He run off into the bushes. Later on he came out but stayed away from the girls as much as possible. When he would get too close they would beat him up. He ended up in the coop for the night, following the girls in. When I went out the next morning he was huddled in the corner with no neck feathers to speak of. Really - he is ugly enough without being bald on his neck! Now barf is kinda small. He is only about 5 months and skinny, since he was a rescue. I want him to grow and be a big roo who will "do his job" with the girls. How do I acclimate him to the girls without him being their "whipping pole"? Any ideas? For now he is in the back yard and DID NOT go in the coop last night. He basically hides in the bushes most of the time and only comes out when he thinks no one is looking. Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions anyone has.