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Rooster pulling hen's neck feathers

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Hi there, my Roo is a pretty good guy. However recently he has been trying to mate w. my GLW and she doesn't want any part of it. He pulls her neck feathers and she runs away - so there is obvious feather loss. So my question is..... Is there anything I can do to cover her neck feathers or do I just leave it? (assuming I can't change the Roo's behavior..)

Other facts:  She is the lowest in pecking order and was last to start laying (at around 28 weeks). I don't think she ever let the Roo mount her! They are all 10 months old. Roo has a favorite (not her), and mates with others fine. He protects and feeds them all while they free range for about 5 hrs or more a day.

5 hens + 1 Roo: Black Betty (BA), Pokey (BA), Bradley Cooper (GLW), Buffy (BO), Ruby, and Big Red (RIRs).
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5 hens + 1 Roo: Black Betty (BA), Pokey (BA), Bradley Cooper (GLW), Buffy (BO), Ruby, and Big Red (RIRs).
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With time hopefully he will get better at mating and the hen will be more accepting of his attention. Young roosters can be real jerks until they mature a bit. If any serious injury occurs, you may want to get a different rooster. 

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Thank you Hholly. I was thinking it was him still learning and being jerky! Hopefully he'll snap out of it. She's also stubborn...so not a match made in heaven. haha. Thanks again for your reply.

5 hens + 1 Roo: Black Betty (BA), Pokey (BA), Bradley Cooper (GLW), Buffy (BO), Ruby, and Big Red (RIRs).
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5 hens + 1 Roo: Black Betty (BA), Pokey (BA), Bradley Cooper (GLW), Buffy (BO), Ruby, and Big Red (RIRs).
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