We raised a new rooster for the flock. So far, we really like him. He keeps a respectful distance and has never acted in a threatening manner.
My question really is about how he treats the hens. Only the hens that were raised with him will submit to him, so the rest of the flock he just chases down, while the hen runs around frantically trying to get away. Eventually, he succeeds in dragging them down or pinning them in a corner. Is this behavior normal for a rooster trying to establish himself in a previously existing flock, or is he not an ideal rooster? We introduced this rooster last October and he is still young (he'll be a year old in 2 months).
Thanks for any input.