For weeks now I've been brainstorming on ways to make my favored rooster Thor the alpha of the flock because he's the one I want fertile eggs from. Right now both roosters and all the hens free-range together all day. Zeus is very much the alpha and Thor is very submissive to Zeus. I didn't want to have seperate them in seperate pens to accomplish my goal. Recently a very nice lady in our tiny town lost her entire flock to a pack of hound dogs. Their pen appeared to be very well built, but the dogs managed to tear through it to get to the hens. Her DH has re-built the pen and added an electric fence around it. Several people have offered them hens to help them start over, but her DH really longed for a roo. So Friday Zeus will be going to live at his new home. I'm really hoping that with Zeus gone Thor will cowboy up and take his place as the very protective alpha.