For the past few days, Pavoratti, my new Barred Rock Rooster has been sitting beside the main coop in the 2 bedroom brooder/apartment. He hasn't complained or flogged the little chicks next door or the hen he came with. He's been amazingly tolerant I must say. But I can see he wants to get out and stretch his wings, but I'm going to keep him in there a few more days. I want him to have a good idea of where his home is and that the hens running around are his to protect... and they're his to, um, ya know. I just get a kick out of the math. Here he is a roo that's been isolated with one hen for the past 18 months, and here he is about to be turned loose on 25 innocent unsuspecting hens. I mean, any guy would like those odds. Here's the other thing that I like. He was with one hen for over a year and she looks like she was just spit out of the egg. Feathers are just pristine on her back, she looks flawless. The Phoenix rooster I had was smaller but messed up the hens backs something fierce. He was quiet, sneaky, and I didn't like him very much. This boy, Pavoratti is a talker. I can hear him when I go out my back door just talking away. He doesn't crow non-stop, just a few times a day. The rest of the day he's talking up a storm though. I'm kind of taken with him already. I miss my little cochin rooster though, he would dance and sing all day rain or shine, hen or no hen. He looked like a nonsense but was adorable. I'm hoping this rooster and I get along much better. He seems to be pretty independant though. I'm hoping to win him over, any tips for rooster grooming?