I am being "reintroduced" to chickens. While i have been around chickens it was mostly in my childhood. I decided to try keeping a small flock in our back yard. The majority of the chicks i purchased unsexed from a feed store ended up to be roos. i re-homed most... all but two. I have 5 hens and two orpington bantams who follow me around like little dogs and like to be cuddled and so forth. I think one may not be a bantam as hes twice the size of the other. My problem is since they were chicks i was sure they were females.. they did everything together and have always been joined at the hip.. where one goes the other follows. They turned out to be roosters! They never fight with each other and are about 4-5 months old and so are the hens. The hens are not laying yet. The roosters started crowing we have had some real problems with them beating the snot out of my girls. I have never had roosters. I have read that you should have 10 hens to a rooster. I am planning on having more once my hens can lay eggs. ( i was told introducing new adult birds is near impossible with an established flock..is this true?) Anyhow the boys are still very bonded. The bigger orp is very aggressive to my females...the smaller bantam orpington is very "monkey see monkey do" he follows the bigger roo and does what ever hes doing. They tear feathers out of my hens anytime they try to get treats..if a hen just happens to walk close to the roos they just reach out and grab a beak full of feathers and tear them out then chase after the "offending" hen and keep bulling her ..sometimes for hours. Its not their backs that are bare on the hens its their trachia area on their throats. picked clean. not one feather on almost all the girls. Two of the hens have had bloody tails as they have plucked them at just where their tail meets their back. I know it's plucked and not from the roos being on their backs as i have seen them do it.I noticed the roos trying to mate w the smallest female.. and now more in the flock. No females have laid eggs.( I don't know if they ever will being driven bonkers like this by the males!) The females scream and scream... the males flank a hen on both sides tearing feathers out while chasing a hen for up to 20 min or more. then both try to mate w the shrieking hen who tries to run away. I have removed the larger roo into a separate cage twice now. The minute i do he stops eating and drinking and so does the little roo. They wont eat or drink unless i have them together. I am not really sure what to do at this point. I really want more hens and but my girls aren't laying yet. all of the flock grew up together. I have gone back and forth with getting rid of the bigger roo as the little one is much more docile and smaller so the females can get away from him or size him up.. but i dont know if they will start eating again once the other is permanently gone. at this point they can crow and hear each other. -help?8( and i hope i put this in the right forum I am new here!