Am I mis-understanding my roo's behaviour, or is he an unusual roo? I got Pasquale, a young rooster/cockeral (exact age unknown) this spring. He was an addition to our small flock of girls- a young hen, Sylvia, and four young chicks hatched this April (purchased, not Sylvia's). At first, besides being *ahem* amorous with Sylvia, he was protective of the 4 chicks, as if they were his adoptive offspring. He'd watch over them, point out good food, and snuggle with them at night time. Pasquale, Sylvia, and Doodle are Bantams; the four pullets are not (Josephine and Beatrice are Langsham, Theresa is a Sussex and Mary is an Easter-Egger who is sort of in-between the size of the other three pullets and the bantams). We let Sylvia hatch one egg, the resulting chick named Doodle (hatched early June). Since then, Pasquale has been fiercely focused on Sylvia and Doodle. So much so that he is constantly hoovering over Sylvia and Doodle, and chases away the 4 pullets. Sylvia also chases away the other girls. I thought this would be temporary until Doodle was more independent, but it seems to be getting 'worse', not better. The Chickens all "free range" in an enclosed area of the back yard, but the 4 pullets keep to their side, and Pasquale, Sylvia and Doodle to the other. If the pullets dare cross the line, Pasquale chases them until they know their place again. No one is getting hurt, but I'm not sure the full sized pullets are happy being chased to the "less interesting" side of the garden (where there are less yummy veggie plants and such); and I was really hoping to have chicks from Pasquale and Theresa and Mary. Is this normal behaviour? Is it because of the Bantam vs regular size differences? Will he ever accept the other girls? Is there anything we can/should do to help them integrate?