Today my EE Francie and my Buff Brahma Joycie have decided they have irreconcilable differences. They've been going at one another, with Francie glomming onto Joycie's comb and not letting go, and Joycie not willing to back down. They're six weeks apart in age, by the way. I finally gathered them up and tossed the two into the rooster pen, where they immediately went a round or two with him behaving like a male human would when confronted with two brawling females - he tried to get in to break it up without getting hurt himself. He didn't appear to be very effective. I finally separated the two and gave them each a finger peck on the side of the neck. But, judging from the amount of loose feathers when I went back later to check on them, they had gone a few more rounds. At last check, several hours later, Joycie was enjoying a dirt bath and Francie was eating a bit of tortilla. Penrod still acted clueless. How effective are your roos in refereeing hen fights? Does he ever achieve lasting results? Is this a feature of spring arriving? Do hens get touchy with each other at this time of year?