Hi All! I read up some on this and found conflicting stories so I decided I'd try my luck and see if there was any more definitive ideas out there. In the spring of 2010 we got our first chickens. We purchased 7 pullets from our feed store and have raised them in our living room before finally moving them out the their coop and approx. 8'x16' temporary run which stayed temporary for a little longer than we had anticipated. Anyway, they are great and we love them, but needed just a few more eggs. So this spring we purchased 2 more pullets and one straight run Polish, which is, of course, a male. Well, we finally got the new run (50'x50') ready, but I decided to wait to put anyone in it until the new chickens were about 3 months old. I always put the "little chickens" in first so that the new chickens would "think" that the new place came with these new birds. We did this for several days with increasing times together with no issues. The big girls chase the little ones off from time to time, but they have plenty of room and there haven't been any altercations or injuries, just a chase now and then and they have all started to sleep in the same roost. SO, now to my question: our little roo (now about 4 mos) has been crowing for a little while now, but still runs from the big girls. Is it possible that as he matures, he will take over the flock? If so, is there anything I should be on the look-out for? About how old would he be when he might start moving up the ladder? Any input would be appreciated! Thanks!