today marks my one year anniversary as a chicken lady. I have learned a lot, but also have a lot to learn! right now my flock consists of one mama (she is mama to all), 4 1-week-old chicks, 2 hens and 2 roos all about 5 months old. She hatched out 9 eggs (together with her buddy who has since been killed) 5 months ago, SEVEN of which were roos. We kept 2 (we live in the woods so we kept an extra roo for insurance). Now they are getting a bit... horny (for lack of a better word) and over mating our 2 young hens. They are not aggressive, really, but I can def. tell they are starting to annoy the hens! And I'm pretty sure they will jump right on the mama, too, as soon as they get a chance. Since the chicks hatched last week I have been keeping them and mama in a separate enclosure inside the coop. during the day I let the older ones out to free range and let mama and babies in the run. Mama is getting antsy though and I can tell she wants out. I let her free range w/ the first set of chicks after about a week, but there was no other flock at that point - just my 2 mamas and their babies. They were GREAT mamas and mothered all chicks together and I had no problems what so ever. But with these roos being kind of pushy, I'm nervous about letting the babies with them. However, she is still their mama, and was definitely at the top of the pecking order before I let her go broody. So how long do I have to keep them separate? I'd really like to introduce them as soon as possible. I'm also wondering if I should downsize to one rooster before introducing the chicks. This is all new territory to me, and I need some help and will appreciate any and all advice!!