I have one really great big Dorking rooster and 9 lovely hens he cares for. 2 hens are broody right now so are out of the everyday flock activities for a few weeks.
The rooster in terms of roosters is really a nice one and cares for his hens well. He leads them around the yard and brings them back in safe at night.
He is so big though that he is really doing some damage to their back feathers and I don't know what to do about it. I want the rooster to breed the Dorking hens a few times a year. And hes great to have around the yard. But one of my barred rocks backs was so bare I sent her home with my mom to keep with her chickens and give her a break. Now I'm noticing 3-4 other hens whose backs are really showing wear and I do not want their backs to become as bare as the barred rock.
Is keeping the roo separate my only option? I clipped his nails a few weeks ago, but that didn't seem to help much.