OK... one month later... So, got a Dark Brahma cockerel. Quarantined. cutie. gangly teenager. he's now 6 months old. Introduced him to the 13 chickens I put him in the coop at night, was there in the morning when they all woke up. He could not believe his luck!! 13 girls!!! He tried mounting them right away, only to be pecked at and scared off each time. he spent the first day inside the coop, literally making crying sounds... poor thing... Next day, he tried a more romantic approach, pecking at a plant and calling the girls. I noticed he was pecking at a hosta - poisonous - so I shooed him away. luckily my free ranging girls are smart and didn't eat the hosta bites he was trying to poison them with. and this is going on and on... the older 6 hens don't allow him to come near, so he is staying with the 7 younger ones, who tolerate him but don't let him mate... this is going on for a week, and now he doesn't even try to find food for the girls or anything. he is the first to run for treats, and eats it all himself. he is in love with my only Brahma girl (birds of a feather stick together?) - he tries to roost close to her, follows her, but is not trying to mate her... will he change?