I've posted on the behavior of my golden laced wyandottes, but I think after today they are going to be heading to the freezer early next year. Sorry this is going to be long but I'm at wits end! Little background, I purchased 12 pullet chicks back in March of this year from the local feed store (they were about 5-7 days old). Raised them in my spare bedroom (I had forgotten how much dust they produce), till they were old enough to go outside (that was a long 5 weeks!)... So they are outside about 3 weeks when I finally find a rooster who was good natured and I thought that was a good thing as my gals were young... Oh what a mistake thinking was! At first I thought my rooster had mites as he suddenly had bald patches, treated him with DE and put some blu kote on him... Then I notice he hangs off by himself and never really gets around the gals too much... I discover why one day when I watch one gal attack him and then 11 other hens joined in and beat the poop out of the poor guy! I broke up the fight thinking it was just something in the wind, chicken PMS, whatever... No they continued to attack the poor rooster and I kept hoping he would "man up" and run the roost (he was a couple years old), it never happened. So one rooster down. Yesterday I was offered some plywood for building a new chicken coop (I've ordered 25 RIR pullets, 3 Cockerels, and of course I get a mystery chicken from MM hatchery)... So I know I need to build a whole new area for the new kids as my hens don't play well with others So the guy offers me his young RIR "rooster", because he is very aggressive with his hens and all of them have bald spots on back of neck from him riding them... I tell the guy I need a rooster who will stick up for himself but my gals are mean (like murdering kinda mean).. He doesn't care, it's either I take this "Rooster" or in the pot he goes... So in my truck "he" went.. Well I bring the new one home and decide to just find out quickly if it's going to work or not... All goes well late afternoon as they are all scratching next to each other, no pecking, and off to bed they go together without problems... Then I opened the door this morning and my new "rooster" who I never did hear crow this morning, won't come out of the coop.... Fact is I can't prove it but I think my "rooster" laid an egg"!!!! I asked the guy if he was sure the "rooster" was a he and not a she, as the comb was not as large as I thought it should be.. He kept saying oh "he's young and his talons haven't even grown yet"...Anyways it's right back to my hens normal behavior after the honeymoon period... One starts and then 11 other hens all gang up and attack the new one..... I removed my "rooster" and put him in my large brooder box for the night, still not really sure if it's a male or female as I see what looks like the start of talon buds, but the behavior is so hen like... No crows, immediately goes into "hit the deck" instead of looking to attack something that startles he/she... The only thing is my little tiny Dutch Holland rooster who lives in my backyard was trying to attack the brooder box with the new chicken in it... But he really has no real chicken behavior so I don't know if he was attacking another male or just didn't know what another chicken was? This is best picture I could get of the RIR in my home built brooder box (I didn't even notice the leaf). Anyways, I'm not having any luck trying to have a rooster with these gals... They are so mean and they started picking on each other after they got rid of the last rooster... They have plently of coop space, they have a good sized pen, plus free range half the day on lots of available land. I've thought it was feed related as I was feeding a organic layer pellet, so added in lots of protein and it didn't change anything, but I changed my food back to a non soy based diet and still no change... I thought with this new "guy" he was suppose to be an aggressive rooster and he would put them in their place as hens but well now I have a chicken in my brooder box I need in about 3 weeks! And he/she/it is really making my 5oz rooster mad as he thought he was the only chicken in the world till I put this box next to his chicken tractor (and he free ranges during the day in my driveway/parking area). It's kinda amusing though to watch tiny power rooster jumping up a foot in the air to try and peck above the 1x12" board that goes around the brooder box! SO any suggestions at this point? I've used up my chicken knowledge and internet commando skills... I'm at the point I will let the new chicks get to egg laying status early next year and then these gals need to be dealt with (they will never be allowed near the new gang). I can't even in good conscious rehome them as they are just so mean and who knows if they will stop pecking each other or if they will continue till they kill each other. I'm using a commercial anti pecking product but they actually seem to like the taste of it even better then no product! My family thinks we need to have a chicken exorcist and keep telling me they've never seen this type of behavior before in laying hens. I've actually watched these 12 gals run at a fox and chase it off... What kinda chicken can scare a fox?