I've got 16 chickens that free range on a large acreage during the day. No problems there. At night is another story. Chickens: 2 Speckled Sussex hens, 1 BO hen, 1 BO rooster bought as day olds April 2009, so a year and a half old. 4 BO and 2 Speckled Sussex pullets bought end of April 2010 (about 26 weeks) 5 mutts (3 roos and 2 pullets) hatched by a broody mid July (about 14 weeks) 1 BO pullet hatched by a broody the second week of August (there were 3, 2 were just - gone one day) (about 10 weeks) There were some upsets with a couple of roo mutts hatched in early April, but they have been sent to freezer camp so all is quieter. The original roo spends his days with the original girls and the 6 April bought pullets. The "gang of 5" is often ranging nearby, or even seem to be part of the flock, as does the remaining youngest BO. At night there is much fussing and pecking over roosting spots. The roosts are no longer than 3 1/2 feet long as that is the width of the coop. They are (I think) about 18" - 2 feet apart, and staggered in height. There are sufficient roosts that if everyone would please just GET ALONG they'd have plenty of room. However, the old hens torture the young ones, even hopping from roost to roost to chase them off, and the old rooster won't let the young boys roost either. They've therefore taken to roosting in the nestboxes - nasty - and up on a shelf that is supposed to be dedicated to feed bins and supplies - also nasty now. One roosts on a tiny windowsill and falls off every now and then. One tries to roost under an overhang next to the coop on top of a precarious pile of gardening supplies. It's a madhouse! What can I do? I went in to refill food tonight as I always do about the time they are heading in to roost, and got sufficiently annoyed at the goings on that I grabbed the nastiest pecking old hen and stuffed her in what is essentially a quarantine coop - but it isn't insulated or weather proofed, it's really a summer place. And it'll be down to 25 degrees tonight. I went back in to find a second hen doing the same routine - grabbed her too and told her she could go peck her friend. Repeat twice more. 4 hens in purgatory for the night, and now Big Bird starts in on two of the little roos (the third one has taken the windowsill spot). Aaarrghgh! And because, I think, of all the upset, chickens are laying eggs all over the place. We have many wooded acres - egg hunting is NOT fun here. There are only 4 good chickens laying in the nest boxes - but they are not the clean pristine eggs I am used to. Can I not keep adolescent roos in with the flock? They will probably go to freezer camp, but I was hoping to let them get a little bigger first. I plan to keep the older hens in the contained quarantine coop for a day or two and see what happens. Any other thoughts? Advice? Any help welcomed, thanks.