Hi all. I have a newbie question. I have one coop with space for 10-11 birds. I have 10 pullets (2 Light Brahmas, 2 Barred Rocks, 3 Red Star, 3 Rhode Island Red/mutt hybrid - all standard sized, no bantams). My 11th bird is a cockerel, purchased as a pullet, "Edna", now named Edgar. I wasn't planning on keeping a rooster, but Edgar is a darling. His protectiveness of his ladies, even as a youngster, is endearing! I can deal with possible aggressive behaviors, but what I just can't seem to get around is his potential size vs my ladies' potential adult sizes. The weight differential seems to be my biggest hurdle. I can't exactly tell him, "Don't mate with the little ladies, you'll hurt them!" Am I over-estimating the possible hip/ leg damage to the smaller ladies when I have a 12-pound rooster covering 6-pound hens? I REALLY want to keep him, and separate quarters are not an option for us. Besides, he would be miserable! Help!