I've just added an 7 week old Barred Rock cockerel to my 9 week old pullets. So far things are ok between them, he chases and pecks at a few of the girls on occasion, but nothing too serious. One of my bigger pullets has decided he's not on top of the pack, not yet anyway, and reminds him daily. My issue with him so far is that he was not handled a lot by my neighbors (I had to climb into their coop to catch him), and he's a bit human shy. I'm trying to handle him every day (just like the rest of the pullets) so he gets used to me and sees me as the flock leader. He's bitten me a few times when I tried to pick him up, nothing to draw blood, but it stings. I think he's just not used to being handled and reacts out of fear, because once I pick him up and talk to him he'll sit calmly on my hand and just look at me. He doesn't try to bite me or get away at that point- so I've been picking him up and carrying him around a bit to get him used to it. I've also "pecked" him back when he's bitten me to let him know I won't tolerate it, but not enough to hurt him since he's still very small. Anything else I can do to work with him at this age? I will not tolerate a mean rooster, since I have a young child (not that she'll be in the run with a full grown roo anyway) and I don't want to fear turning my back on any animal I own.