I am new at this and I made mistakes. My neophite husband ordered hatching eggs on ebay--pendesencas and silkies. Since he is bedridden, I became the conscripted chicken lady. At first I was livid, but when the first eggs hatched, I became a dedicated chicken person. Of the first batch of 11, three hatched and I learned a lot about the unreliability of incubators during the process, so I had another on hand for the silkies,of which only one out of 10 hatched. The eggs were filthy when they arrived, and on candling at 11 days and again at 17 , only one showed signs of being fertile. That egg produced my great friend Blackie, who unfortunately was hatched ten days after the penedesencas and they did not mix well. Since then (late October) I have hatched five out of 7 Buff Orpingtons and one more Pennie (1 of 5) and they are in a coop outside and doing well, but not when I try to add Blackie to the mix first they were afraid of him and then they began to terrorize him. ( Blackie was hatched on 10/25 and I am convined is a roo) . I have tried on several occasions to acclimate him to my latest batch of silkies, born on Christmas) but he refuses to share his space with them. Blackie is a spoiled brat. He wants to eat only people food from my hand, and that is my fault, not his.If I were to do it over again, I would have purchase him a couple of day old companions, but none were available locally.. The problem for which I seek advice, is what to do with him? I am thinking of calling him what he is--a pampered pet and perhaps gettting him a small coop of his own, t with or without access to the common run--a bachelor pad. I have determined he will be one of my 2 permitted roos, for no other reason than I am so attached to him. If need be, I can house him on a patio out of sight of the hens. Anyone with suggests, please help me out here. I have learned a great deal since I began this project in September when my husband bid on the eggs. If I were to this over, I would buy nothing but what I needed to incubate the hatching eggs and spend the three weeks while they were hatching on sites like this. I would have done several things differently in addition to researching the pros and cons of different incubators. One we started with penedesencas, we planned to hatch the sikie we already had in incubation, and stick with penedesencas. The problem there was the popularity of the breed and the total unavailability of day old pennie chicks or hatching pennie eggs. Because we sought good eggers, we added the Orpingtons. At this point, I should have consulted the Henderson chart and other sources, and if I had, I would have ordered a more expensive much taller coop than what I did. Orphingtons are very large birds, folks. i have spent a fortune on poorly engineered waterers and feeders, and my advice there is to buy a good medium capacity hanging feeder as soon as your chicks are old enough to leave the brooder. Also, I recommend elevating the waterer and looking carefully at the size in comparison to the square footage of the coop and run. 'Run'implies room to do more than climb over other chicks to get to foraging space. Another problem I will be facing is what to do with my excess penedesenca roo. There's more to this than reading blogs and buying stuff from Amazon.