We have had a rough summer here and the chickens, while tended, have not really had my full attention. So we had a regular Peyton Place going on. My neighbor has chickens too only she will not cull or rehome. So she ended up with ten hens and ten roos. After a little while she separated the boys from the girls for the sake of the girls. Their life is not bad really, the flocks get to free range every other day and on the girls days one of the boys gets to be out.... But, I had one roo and 19 girls. It did not take too long for one of her roos to discover that there were girls in my yard. (C'mon he's a boy - he'd have crossed a highway of broken glass to get to my girls. ) Soon, I could not let my flock free range at all because he was always over and was beating up my roo and dividing my flock trying to convince some of the younger girls to go home with him! He had the life for a while! All day with my younger girls then home to the frat house each night! All the fun, no rooster responsibility. It was dividing the flock and ticking me off. Finally, I said he needs to either become part of this flock and take responsibility for it or be kept locked up at your house. So she gave him to me. I should have made him disappear or insisted she keep him locked up. My old roo is a good roo in my eyes. He keeps the flock together when they are out. He doesn't rough up the girls. He always lets them eat first and offers them bugs before he jumps them (C'mon the least you can offer is a tasty bug!) He is very protective though and sometimes runs after my kids. But, the kids occassionally need to be reminded to leave the hens alone. New roo is not so good, he jumps the girls the second they turn around. He yanks at their feathers so much many have bald patches on their necks and backs. He eats whatever he finds and never shares. He doesn't make any attempt to keep the flock together and has taken them so far afield I had to go apologize to another neighbor for them being on his patio! They had never gotten so far from home before. Worse still he terrorizes the old roo. His only good point is that he tolerates huge amounts of hassling from my kids. To free range them now I need to keep him leashed to keep the flock nearby. (Yes, it is very humane and careful around his ankle.) Clearly two roosters is not really working. Every night when they go home the old roo comes knocking at the door because new roo has kicked him out. I put him back in and everybody settles. (This is actually very cute in a way.) I don't care for new roo, but he is better with the kids. And I don't know what to do to either settle the flock or get rid of one roo. If I give him back he'll have to be locked up for good. My kids said he would forget there are girls over here if he was locked up for a few days. DH and I just looked at each other - no he won't.... What should I do now?? It is getting cold and the flock is spending more time locked up (I don't free range them if I am not home and I am working alot now.) Old roo is spending all day in the coop huddled in a nest. The girls keep trying to escape which then never used to do. The flock seems unsettled. Or maybe I am just projecting... Any and all advice would be appreciated!