I'm thinking about replacing my current EE rooster. He appears to be infertile (2 of 30 eggs developed this spring) and he has begun to run at my husband. I have 7 roosters, all olive-eggers, I am growing out separate from the adult flock, along with 6 hens, now almost 12 weeks old. I hope to put 6 roosters in a bachelor pen to finish growing out for the freezer, and select one to be our new rooster. Background: One of the young roosters was raised by a broody, - her only chick. I had to keep the broody hen and chick screened off from the flock, due to attack and injury on the chick. When the broody was ready to wean the chick at 6 weeks, I moved 12 other same-age chicks in with the solitary one. Unfortunately, the solitary chick, a rooster, was petrified for a while, being the odd-man out in an established group. Now, 6 weeks later, he is the lowest in the pecking order of the roosters, and as far as I can tell, second from the bottom with the hens. I would like to keep this rooster for two reasons: 1. I am attached to him slightly, after watching the broody raise him. 2. He seems more in tune with his surroundings than the non-broody raised roosters. I'm not sure I can explain exactly what I mean by this. He is better at finding food, and seems to be listening to everything going on with the main flock, - on the other side of the screen. My questions: Is there hope that after I remove the other roosters that this one will become more dominant with the hens as he matures? He is a bit of a loner. Are social skills ingrained, or is he permanently scarred from being raised alone? My other option would be to keep two of the young roosters (I have 22 hens), but I think that may be asking for trouble. I appreciate any advice in selecting a rooster.