Originally Posted by Glendarie
I finally gave up on keeping roosters. I was shocked about the mating (raping) process. Many of my hens look awful where feather have been yanked. Donna Trump, with her comb over comb, is almost bald on her back.
I know I'm not going to hatch any eggs and chicks are easily available, so why instead of why not is my question.
The issues you are describing are the result of not simply a rooster, but a bad rooster. There's a world of difference between good and bad roosters; good roosters are all pros, while bad roosters are all cons. In no scenario will it be pleasurable or beneficial to keep a bad rooster. While I don't think most hens necessarily ENJOY the mating process, with a good rooster they will not fuss at all and they will act as if the act is, if anything, rather neutral and boring. If they are acting as if some kind of terror is occurring when being mated, you have a bad rooster, who needs to be removed from the flock.
(Note that feather loss is not always associated with a bad rooster - in some cases a gentle but clumsy or active male can cause feather loss if kept with too few hens. However, in this situation it sounds more like the result of a bad cockbird than an incorrect hen/cock ratio.)