Following the death of my great roo Thor a week or so ago I moved his son TJ from the coop he was hatched and raised in to the brahma coop as the new leader for my brahma girls; one of which is his mother. The brahmas free range all day. TJ is in a crate in their coop at night to protect him from the hens. Most of the hens just ignore him, crate or not, but I don't want to take any chances. The new routine is that I go into the coop in the morning, let TJ out of his crate and then turn all of the brahmas out through the pop door. TJ immediately makes a bee-line for his old coop (those birds are let out a bit later). TJ is very confused. One minute he's calling to the hens to offer them something he's found to eat, but the minute they get close he runs away from them. If there's a commotion in the coop (like there was this morning) TJ makes his bawking noises and runs in there; only to run right back out when he sees the hens. If I lock him in the brahma's chicken yard - it's not really locked in, he just hasn't figured out how to go around it - he paces back and forth in front of the fence making pitiful noises. At night I have to retrieve TJ from his old home and carry him to the brahma coop for the night. The boy just ain't getting it! No more having to share with his brothers in the bigger coop. He now has 12 hens all to himself. TJ is 4 months old. How long until he connects the dots? He's driving me up a wall!