Greetings, Ol' Timers, I humbly beseech you to lay some rooster wisdom on me... We've got a flock of 19 hens (5 are bantams) + 1 beautifully dumb 9 month old Brown Leghorn "rooster-ette" (he looks too grown up to be calling him a cockerel though that is what he technically is). Sam is a very nice rooster, protecting the girls, offering them tasty tidbits of food, and breaking up disagreements and arguments when the banties get out of sorts. Aside from the fact that he crows incessantly, starting around 3:30-4am, we really like having him around. he's not at all aggressive. He started breeding the hens around late December & has been gentlemanly until recently. His affections towards the ladies have gotten a little out of hand this week - to the point where I was considering a separate yard for him because the 2 hens upon which he seems to be the sweetest are starting to just look worn out-ish. But to move him out sort of does away with the whole point of keeping him around which is to keep the flock in order. My question - what is the likelihood that Sam's "affectionate" nature is going to grow along with him and then maybe level off once he is fully matured? Or is it possible that this sudden surge of roo-tosterone is related to the seasons and he will settle down a little? Are saddles the best option or do you find roosters to be fickle, shifting their attentions to other hens on a whim? Sorry to be so verbose...not new to intact livestock (had stallions in the horse barns before but a horse is not a bird) - but having a rooster in the flock is new. I just want to do what's best for the flock...which may be just leaving it all alone & letting nature take it's course. TIA for your advice/thoughts.