At one point last fall, I decided to give up on my chickens and offered them to a neighbor. They seemed to settle in fine except that they kept wandering back over to my property (Neighbors live behind me about 2 acres away with a creek separating us). My old hen came back (she was about 7) and decided that she did not like her new home and stayed. The rooster and my other 4-6 hens would come by and visit every now and then. Then the rooster started to get ornery, and was stalking me and nipping at me every chance he got. I was given another hen to keep the old gal company and the two hens stayed in their old coop, with sometimes daily visits from my old chickens (so much for giving them away). Last week, a friend was needing to downsize and offered me some of her hens and an 9 month old rooster, a large boy with big hooks on his legs. I figured that he would be able to bully the old rooster back to where he belonged and I would have peace at my place. I kept the new chickens in the coop for about a week and then yesterday I decided to let them out. They slowly wandered out and were pecking and scratching at everything when the old rooster came out of now where and a horrible fight ensued. The new rooster ran into the woods, bloodied and hurt and the old rooster attempted to take his hens. I was able to corner the old rooster and he is now in my chicken cage in my shed (yes, I am holding him hostage the little *******). I am hoping that if I give the new rooster some time to settle in and set up his territory he will be bolder when I let the old rooster out (I will be driving him back to his new home in a few days). Is there anything else I can do? I hate to see them fight but I am so sick of the old rooster attacking me. I want peace and quiet down at my hen house. I am also afraid that if the new rooster doesn't win, the new hens will return to my neighbors with the old mean rooster.