Against my better judgement I decided to try out a new cockerel. He is an exceptionally beautiful EE who seems to have his head on straight, so although he is young I have some hope for him working out. I have been slowly introducing him, but decided to take the plunge today by allowing the flock to meet him unimpeded by fence. SUCCESS!!! Most of the girls are already in love with him. (Truth be told- I am half in love with him, too. He is so handsome.) He is being gentle but firm. No major battling. The old, dominant, GLW hen picked a fight with him, but she got knocked on her fat fanny, so she has been avoiding him since. To his credit he knocked her down, but didn't pursue her after he knocked her down. She scuttled away embarrassed but unharmed. Another younger BR hen has been picking a bit at him, but he is wooing her despite her best efforts to be a brat to him. He is not being pushy with any of them. I love it. Too bad all integrations couldn't go so smoothly. Here are some shots of the new flock. Isn't he a beauty? His name is Alfredo. Alfredo and Buttercup had a budding romance through the fence. She is thrilled with him. Some of the crew. The only ones unhappy with him are the bare-backed BR and the GLW in the upper left. He is wooing the BR, though. Two favorites have been chosen already- Chipmunk and Buttercup. Note that Speckles is hanging around despite herself. And the ducks are watching all this with great anxiety, but they are anxious about everything, so...Nothing new there. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!