We have had 7 hens for about a year, when we decided we wanted to try hatching some of our eggs. Our neighbor had a roo that he was looking to get rid of, and gave to us. The rooster integrated with our hens beautifully, and we were starting to make friends with him. (We hand feed all our ladies and the follow us around the yard like pets) He was verysuppose calm and sweet.Then a friend had to get rid of his chickens and offered them to us, so we had an additional 5 black star hens to integrate. My hens didn't take to the new interlopers very well and I had to separate the three worst of them that were pecking and chasing the new hens up onto the roost all day. During the whole introduction period, Elvis (my roo) was playing referee a lot of the time. At one point, my four year old daughter was in the coop trying to pet one of the new hens, and he flew up at her. He hit her in the arm but didn't hurt her, more just scared her. A few days later, my son was gathering the eggs, and again the rooster attacked him, this time giving two scratches on either side of one leg. Now it seems like everytime we enter the coop he is either posturing like he is going to attack or actually does attack. Having my kids in and around the coop has been a great experience for us all, and I hate to have to curtail them. Also, still looking to hatch some eggs, so I don't really want to get rid of Elvis, but I don't want to have my daughters feelings towards the chickens be one of fear. Does anyone have any ideas about if this change in his personality is permanent? And if not, how to I go about getting him back to the sweetheart he was before his hens started fighting all the time...is it possible that he will chill on his own once the hens calm down? Thanks for any input!