Ok, so I may have gotten a little burned on a “chicken deal” for Sapphires. I told the breeder we have a farm, and think that equated “they can take a bunch of cockerels”. My “blue laying” group of 10 chicken has 7 cockerels (not going to be seeing many eggs from them, eh?) They were “about 5 days old” when I got them, and started showing combs and wattles within the first week I had them. They are now about 9 weeks old. I’m moving them out to their new tractor today which is 6x12 feet, and out of the 4x4 (now fully mesh covered cause those little suckers FLY!) brooder. I’m a little worried because everytime I go in to feed and water them now I’ve got 8 or 9 chicks jumping out and then a bunch of mini cockfights trying to start! I broke up three yesterday morning while I was feeding. Yes, of course the ones I wanted to keep (nicest combs and feathers) are the worst bullies. I broke them up by speaking sharply to them and walking directly at them, “I am the dominant rooster, not you little boys!” Idea from some other Rooster handling threads (it seemed to work quite well). Is this breed usually aggressive, or are they just feeling cramped and that’s their way of expressing happiness when they come out and get extra space? My other chickens, 14 weeks now (I think), 6 cockerels (3 Barnvelders, 1 BCM, 1 Olive egger, 1 ‘WheatBar’ blue layer) and 6 pullets are behaving much less aggressively toward each other, and Mr. Marans is even starting to display some mating behavior (today he tried to mount a hen and grab her neck feathers!) Suggestions? Opinions? Should I be starting another ‘bachelor’ tractor ASAP? Will they settle a bit? I only plan on keeping two of the Sapphire boys, but they are so small, I wanted to grow them out for a while before they go for processing... $15/chick + feed is darn expensive for a future dinner, so I’d like them to get a bit bigger first!