We have 15 hens and 2 roosters that have been in side by side runs since we got them back in June. They are all 6 months old. We built them one larger run yesterday since we are now ready to have them altogether. As expected, the two roosters didn't play well together. One is an EE and the other is a Golden Phoenix. The EE is the more dominant and appeared to be establishing some order with the new hens, as well as, "practicing" for mating by grabbing hold of their necks and backs. The Golden Phoenix just minded his own business...has never really exhibited any strong rooster behaviors (other than crowing)....yet. I know that can change. We need to get rid of one of the roosters. The EE does seem to be more "in charge" of his flock and he's HUGE, so the pro for keeping him is that he's a good protector. But, we really don't have much of a predator problem. The aggression he showed yesterday toward the new hens could just be a temporary thing until he's established some order, but do we take that risk? He's never shown any aggression toward us or our kids, but our youngest is seven yrs. old and I don't want her to become a target. The Golden Phoenix is beautiful, and appears to be very laid back. But I read they don't tolerate the cold very well. We live in TX, so our winters tend to me mild, but are we still going to have to take extra precautions if we keep him? I don't see him as much of a protector, but again, we don't really have a predator problem (the hawks are out there, but haven't bothered the other chickens in our neighborhood). I realize this could all change now that we've blended the two flocks, and as he gets older. I told my husband he could just be a "late bloomer" since he only started crowing about three weeks ago. I would love to hear opinions. I know it all just boils down to us having to decide which will work best for our situation/family, but I just want to make sure I'm not missing something or haven't thought of other pros and cons of each roo that others of you might know about. Thanks so much!