Hey friends. I've been keeping laying hens for a little over 5 years now. Several times in the past I've tried holding onto a rooster and each time I've ended up adding him to the stock pot because he's been so rough with the hens, chasing them, stressing them out and even injuring them. This summer while at the feed store I overheard a woman talking to the store owners about how one of her pullet chicks turned out to be a rooster and how can she "rehome" it. I volunteered to take the rooster as long as she understood that after being quaranteened, it would be introduced to the hens and if he was decent, he could stay, if not he'd become our dinner. Since then I've been offered two more roosters from other customers of the store. Rooster one lasted less than 24 hours (after completing a week of quaranteen). Rooster two is showing some promise, he's been out with the girls for three nights and at least tries to woo them by clucking over special treats and luring them in. However, he then launches himself at them, sometimes giving up the chase and coming back to the food and sometimes managing to corner a poor hen and hold her down. At this time I scoop him up and put him in a separate section of the run where he can see the girls but not harass them. Later in the day I let him free range with the girls and he's been pretty good. So, my question is, is there a way to teach this boy better manners around the ladies? He's a handsome Easter Egger rooster and I kind of like the idea of adding him to my mixed flock of Rhode Island Reds, Easter Eggers and Blue Favaucana (MPC green egg laying hybrid). The Blue Favaucanas go broody pretty regularly, so I think they'd happily hatch out a few chicks next spring. However, I don't want a rooster if it means I'm subjecting my girls to stress and abuse. Has anyone civilized a barbarian rooster?