New member from Livingston, TX, just north of Houston. Have been utilizing this site for a year and thought I should sign up. Love the info it's provided, it's really helps a lot. I started with 6 chicks and got up to 80-90. I'm down to 50 now. All of them have names and personalities. I have bantums, amaricaunas, silkies, houdans, RI reds, coronation Sussex, golden and black sexlink, and mixes that I don't know. I have learned so much and love those little birds. The losses came from a snake problem, stray dogs, and then some were broilers and culled. I have a question, a new issue. My Houdans are afraid of the coronation Sussex roo, he's large and heavy, they are medium and light, and they are missing feathers on their back. They roost in the tack room now instead of the attached hen house, like they used to. I used to think it was mites, which I've treated, but now I'm thinking more towards mating. Any suggestions? The girls are pooping all over the tack room. And the huddle in the highest corner. Do people make a second chicken house for large birds and seperate them? Or just pen them up? Mine are free range mostly- the silkies stay penned. Thanks.