I'd wanted to start a dual purpose flock. We do harvest our own meat, but not among the fans of x-rocks. Among our hens are orpingtons, wyndottes, delaware and rocks. We needed a broody, so naturally got a silky... who started crowing toward adolescence, so no broody there! We kept him anyway and culled other surplus roos. Needed a good male - so kept the light brahma! THere was little fighting among the silky and the brahma. (The brahma was totally king). But at about 9 - 10 months - the brahma started to attack us. YIKES! He got about 2 swipes in on different occasions before we had enough. Too bad. Dressed out to 6 lbs! That left silky Sue in charge...but within a few weeks - he TOO started becoming aggressive. Is this a learned behavior? He was so sweet until then. I've put up with the pipsqueak attacking now for 1.5 mos. (much easier to contend with than that big brahma! So I'm now 100% SURE he is the sire of the 4 eggs now in the incubator. (Still hoping to get that broody!) Our animals are well taken care of, never beaten or chased - but we don't pet or handle them unless needed either, so as to establish a boundary. I'm not sure why they both went berzerk. Both breeds are supposed to be gentle. Anyway - back to our plan of dual purpose flock. We're hoping for a good hatch and a silky cross pullet. (Am told they're even better broodies yet!). Tomorrow we'll be picking up a Gold lace Wyndotte roo as replacement for our unlamented brahma (RIP). The wyndotte is of good size and character - has thus far shown no aggression toward humans. How do I handle this now? Put him in with the group and hope for the best? Anticipate fighting and let them sort it out? Is there a possiblity that he will KILL our silky? Any chance that after being deposed from the throne, our silky will return to the sweet self he once was? Sorry so long. Thanks in advance.