I have 2 separate coops (1 standard, 1 bantam) right next to each other. All of my chickens are between the ages of 4 months and 2 months (not at egg laying age yet). I have 1 standard size RIR roo and 2 bantam D'Uccle roos.
Lately I've been noticing EVERY MORNING and often times randomly throughout the day my roosters will chase their favorite hens and attempt forcing their head down (looks pretty violent to me). The hens do NOT appreciate this and make loud sounds while trying to get away. I've researched this behavior a bit and found that they are in fact trying to mate the girls, but they're going about it all wrong and I feel terrible for the ladies! The roos aren't doing the 'dance' and the girls are not submitting to them. Is this normal? Will they eventually learn how to be more gentlemanly about it? Or do I just have rude little chicken rapists on my hands? Help!