Here's our dilemma: We want to have fertile eggs to hatch this spring-- about March would be great. We have 3 breeds to propagate: blue -egged EEs, Orps and FBCMs Current housing groups are all the hens cohabitating happily with head roo Barney the blue-egg breeder and spring rooster Oliver the Orp. The marans roo Blueberry is currently housed in the batchelor pad with the other roos. These other roos are due at the processor before the new year. We are at a loss to know how to reintroduce the marans roo to the main flock. I am sure it will cause fighting but I don't think we should keep him alone for the next few months either. I'm not about to put the marans girls in with him now because the main coop is the best home for them for winter and has nest boxes. They are just starting to lay. What are the chances that Barney will lay down the law right away to Blueberry and there will be minimal fighting? Barney is a great roo and keeps gentle order. Oliver the Orp doesn't challenge him but has been in that group since he was 12 weeks old. BLueberry is the head roo in the batchelor pad and he can get feisty. All the roos in the pad are June hatch or later. In spring we will have facilities to separate for breeding, but not thru the hardest part of winter. Suggestions welcome.. PLEASE!