Background Info: I have a flock of 11 hens, 23 months old. 4 White Rocks, 5 Barred Rocks, and 2 Blue Andalusians. Up until recently, the girls had always been alone and never had a rooster with them. Eighteen days ago, I introduced an 11 month old Barred Rock Rooster to the flock. The rooster came from a friend of mine and the roo had been in a pen with three other roosters and no hens. He has no spurs and is slightly larger than the largest of the hens. Upon introduction, there was some chest bumping for the first fifteen or so minutes and then the rooster proceeded to isolate himself from the hens. When they were outside, he would go inside. If they were in one corner of the pen, he went to the other. This behavior lasted about 3 or 4 days at which time he began to eat and intermingle with the hens. Now he moves freely about with them and behaves pretty much the same as all of them do. He crows every morning and periodically during the day. QUESTION: Given the information above, when can I expect my roo to take charge and begin breeding the hens? He has shown no signs of interest in breeding them and they do not display any subservient behavior. I have a window from which I can see the pen and have watched him quite a bit and seen no frisky behavior. Also, I have checked the eggs over the last few days and none have been fertile. Is he likely to take charge as spring approaches? We are in Mississippi and the weather is beginning to warm and the days are getting longer. Thoughts?