A few weeks ago I took in some 16 week old mutt chickens (leghorn/bantam cochin X): six roosters and 1 hen, as well as one "special needs" hen whose legs and toes are so malformed that she cannot walk (she is our adorable little lap chicken, thoroughly spoiled even more than the others are, and lives in her own coop). They were in deplorable conditions when I picked them up. To say that overcrowding was an issue is an understatement. They were kept in a small hutch all day with a grated bottom, no roosts, and never any ranging time. Sigh. Anyway... I rehomed five of the roosters with a wonderful lady a few streets away who already has a very large flock, since I only had four hens prior to the rooster influx (not nearly enough girls to supply the demand!). I had kept the new ones in the chicken tractor for a quarantine period, but now I let the only remaining rooster, Hagrid, free-range with his lady love, Dobby. They love it, but the only problem is that my four other girls that I had before, Black Australorps, are totally put out by this. They have been ranging in the same area for a few days now, but the BA hens run for it anytime Hagrid and Dobby come around. The BA girls are 12 weeks and absolutely massive compared to the roo because of his half-bantam genes, but it doesn't seem to matter: they hate his guts. Will this ever improve? He isn't mean to them at all, and seems rather confused and concerned because the BA's won't indulge his protective mannerisms! Last night the new ones went into the BA's coop, and the BAs just about had a cow. I had to remove Hagrid and Dobby from the perch and move them to the chicken tractor so that the BAs would go in and go to bed. Sigh. Tell me that they will all love each other eventually!