Hi, I have an unruly rooster and 2 x-breed layers. Due to numerous unprovoked attacks I am going to get rid of the rooster, soon as possible really. I wish to introduce a new couple, perhaps something smaller like a French bantam or silkies. Perhaps a breeding pair or rooster with two hens. They will probably be young, say 16 weeks? Anyway, my question is, do I get rid of the rooster now and let the hens settle, or remove the rooster immediately before bringing in the others. My theory (half baked) is that if I remove the rooster now (easier) and wait a couple of weeks until I get the smaller breeds, t hen the existing two hens will go from submissive to dominant and beat up the new chickens when they are introduced. Of course the other side of the coin is that once the rooster is gone there may be a period of instability and throwing two more chickens in adds to the chaos. I know if I was dealing with horses I would be inclined to only introduce new ones into an established pecking order. But this might be different. Any other tips welcome on introducing them. They have lots of room and I have a cage they can sit in to acclimatise. I have had my chickens only 18 months and they seem happy and healthy, after losing a few early to the usual issues.