I have 2 roosters and 3 hens. Red Wyandotte's that were born last spring. They have a nice large safe coop at night, a run they really don't use much and the great outdoors to roam in most of the day. The hens are laying well and everything seemed fine. Up until today. For some reason, the 2 roosters have started ganging up on my shyest hen, Ophelia. They keep mounting her over and over, until finally she got stuck in the fence trying to get away from them and I think they would have killed her if I had not come to the rescue. I grabbed her and got her unstuck and took her to a fenced in dog run we no longer use for dogs at all. On the way, I inspected her back and she was nearly featherless and even had some bloody spots.
As soon as she was confined, they started in on another one of the hens. She is a bit heartier tho and fended them off fairly well. My 3rd hen had not come out of the nest box all day. I am not sure if she has gone broody or is just scared to come out and face the wrath of the roosters.
If I don't find a solution we will have to let the boys go and that will break my heart. But the hens have a job to do and we don't have to have the roosters to accomplish that.
We also have 4 baby girls that will need to be integrated into the flock in another month or so. So that also becomes part of the equation for anyone offering me any ideas or opinions.