Hi everyone! Well, the problem I'm having is that I have a trio of two hens and a rooster that I am trying to add to my flock of 6 adult hens. My original hens are young, most under one year old, and the roo himself is young but he is bigger by far than all of them already. I couldn't be happier with their initial introduction! There was some chasing, some feather fluffing, but there was barely any actual sparring and feather pulling. Even my dominant hen didn't seem to want to mess with the new guy. After one full week of the new trio free ranging with my original flock, the two hens are completely comfortable and established with my own hens, who have adjusted to them and now don't even give them a second glance when they roam around together. HOWEVER, the rooster still "growls" every time one of the original hens comes within two feet of him. I thought by now he might get used to them, but he still chases my hens away if they get too close. They've all pretty much started to avoid him, and the trio and my flock are extremely separate now when they forage in the fields. The rooster does not look twice at the two hens he came with, but if one of mine gets in among them, he gives them the stinkeye and chases them off immediately! Last night I tried putting them all in the same roost and got up this morning to see how they behaved. The hens ignored my hens, they didn't seem to care. But from the moment the rooster woke up, he guarded the food tray and didn't permit any but "his" two hens to come near it. Even with the sun barely in the sky he seemed to know the difference between them! I was thinking of removing him for a few days and hoping he might stop being so possessive of his ladies after he's been separated for a while, but I am also worried this might just break the bond he has already with his hens and make him mean to everyone. Does anyone have more experience with this? I'd appreciate the help and would really like to keep the rooster, provided of course that he doesn't keep chasing my poor ladies away! The problem seems to be getting worse instead of better. Thanks for reading!