I have a 7 month old cochin/easter-egger rooster that started crowing about 3 months ago, and he is still very near the bottom of the pecking order. One of my hens hatched him from an egg, and he has been with the entire flock of 7 hens since he was about a month old. As far as I can tell, there are 2 hens that are lower than him in the pecking order (the two youngest, about a month older than him), one that is tiny (maybe 3-4lbs) that is neck to neck with him, and the rest will often chase him off if he tries to eat with them. He only ever "services" the two youngest hens, and sometimes the tiny one that refuses to take orders from anyone. Is this normal? Will he eventually move up, or is he always going to be bullied? He's the least aggressive rooster I've ever seen, except for when his brother started crowing and I had to find him a new home. Except for beating up his brother, he's never been aggressive and keeps his distance from both me and the top few hens. He's not small, probably 10lbs, but is a giant wimp. I don't want an aggressive rooster, but I was hoping he would at least defend the flock against predators should the coop and fence ever fail to do so. I also have friends who are hoping for some fertile eggs. The hens are RIR, gold sex link, buff orpinton, red leghorn, and Welsummer, if it makes a difference.