TJ is a LF brahma cockerel, 5 1/2 months old. TJ was hatched in my mixed flock coop and lived there until recently. It became painfully obvious that TJ was growing too large to safely mate the various breed hens in that coop. He weighs 6 lbs. and is already taller than my adult brahma hens. He needs to move to the brahma coop. The brahma hens need a rooster, having lost theirs - TJ's sire - recently. First I tried confining TJ to a wire crate in the brahma coop. I couldn't just turn him loose in the coop because I was afraid the brahma girls would gang up on him. The old gals just don't agree with my feeling they need a rooster. Also, the pop door on that coop has to be open all day for the girls to have access to their nestboxes. As soon as I would turn him loose he'd re-join his original flock. TJ spent some time on the screened porch, but that was only a temporary fix. Now I am confining TJ to the wire crate in the brahma coop at night and confining him to a larger wire crate in the brahma's yard during the day. It's a huge hassle. I have to check his water many times a day - he has a knack for spilling it, move the crate several times a day so it is in complete shade and then move him to the other crate within the coop at night. Will he eventually get the idea that he belongs with the brahma girls? He's calling them to share in his food (which of course they can't reach through the bars) and crowing alot. If it doesn't click with TJ soon, he'll have to leave the farm by ax or by re-homing.