I just wanted to get a conversation started about replacing a rooster. I went looking for information a few weeks ago and didn't really find it. Just now I found a thread about how hens will bully a young rooster if he is not yet mature and that is exactly what happened. The poor boy (a young Buff Orpington) was kept with a much smaller, younger Cream Legbar rooster that matured much faster and really bullied him despite being much smaller so I finally took him out and put him in with the hens and then they bullied him. I had previously had a problem with replacing a young related rooster with an older, unrelated rooster and the hens just did not like the new rooster at all. Several months later they finally seem to be letting him mate. I've had a few fertile eggs and I have a bunch of new ones to candle so hopefully things are getting better. So it seems from my very limited experience that hens might not like a younger or an older replacement rooster. They seem to do fine with roosters that they are raised with...but these tend to be related. I also had moved some Black Stars around and they liked the Cream Legbar rooster that they were penned up with but when I put them in with my Buff Orpingtons they seemed most interested in the Black Australorp who was in the next cage and not the smaller (but same age) Buff Orpington rooster that they were caged up with. At the time the Black Australorp rooster was the dominant rooster (bigger and crowing the most). Are hens more likely to reject a rooster if there is a more dominant rooster in an adjoining pen even if they can't get in with him? I sold the Black Stars so I have no idea if they would have warmed up to the Buff Roo (who I replaced shortly after). Anyhow...I was wondering about what experiences others have had.