I think I did a boo boo. My hens were all spring chickens, hatched in March. I was getting about 10 eggs a day from 16 hens. I'm down to 3-5 eggs now. I ordered some chicks and brooded them in my bathroom for 3 weeks then put them in the coop, which is a converted feedroom. The chicks are in an X pen by themselves so the big girls don't kill them. I figured these chicks will be able to run with the flock in 2 more months, and I should get eggs in January. my hens are a mix of Golden sex links, Buffs, Silver Wyandottes and production reds. There is a production red rooster. The new chicks are Plymouth Barrs and all are doing well in their little pen. The hens cannot get to them. The rooster has a new hobby, about once a week or so, he flings himself on me. Ouch. He did it yesterday and I whacked him with a broom. So my questions: Are the new chicks causing this? the big hens don't even pay attention to them anymore. The nest boxes are in a little room connected to the main coop, so they have privacy to lay. Did my correction with the rooster maybe upset them? and what do I do with this rooster? I really don't enjoy being attacked. If I give him away will my hens be affected? I handled him a few times a week to keep him tame. He is tame, but does this kamikaze attack about once a week when I'm busy. I have to carry a stick in there now. He's kind of sneaky. My dogs and I are really enjoying these fresh eggs, and 5 a day isn't enough. I live in Texas, so it's warm, and the chicks have a heat lamp on them at night. It's in the lower 90"s so they don't need it during the day. HELP!