I caught a glimpse of my neighbors roo and he is gorgeous!!! He's an Ameraucana with white head & neck feathers, a black face, cream (almost light gold) body, red wings with black tips and a black & green iridescent tail & I am totally in love, LOL! The neighbor lets his chickens free range all over the neighborhood (another post in and of itself!), so I'm thinking about asking if I can borrow his roo for a month or so next summer (he's got at least 3 others that I've counted) to see if I can get some pretty babies out of him. My current set up is this: I've got 5 hens, 3 of which are EE's, and 4 EE babies. I dont know how many of those chicks are female, but I'm sure I'll know by next spring. They will all be living in one big coop & run and will be free ranged whenever possible. IF I borrow the neighbors rooster, I'll probably put him with 2 or 3 of my ladies I know I'll need to put them all in their own private breeding pen. Beyond that??? The breeding coop I have in mind is a 6'x4'x3' cold frame greenhouse that I can convert to a brooding house and add a small fenced in yard to. The flocks see each other every day, and even hang out together despite being separated by my fence, so I'm hoping that introducing him to the girls wont be a big deal. My biggest concern is when I give him back. Will I be able to reintroduce my girls back into the main flock once they're done brooding? What about the roo? As I said, my neighbor lets his chickens wander- how likely is it that Mr Studly Roo will decide that home is in my coop and just keep coming back? Also- I dont know how many boys I have in my brooder right now, but if there's only 1 or 2, I'll probably keep them (until/unless they turn mean & aggressive). I'll obviously keep them separated from the neighbors roo while he's... er... "visiting", but what will this scenario do to the flock dynamics? Will this crazy idea even work??? I know, it would be easier to just get eggs from my neighbor and hatch them. Given how he manages his flock, tho, I dont think he's going to have a clue which eggs were fertilized by which roo.