We had to cull our flock rooster due to excessive aggression. We have really missed his protection of the hens. Haven't missed being flogged by him at all... We have (3) 10 week old cockerels. Yesterday evening, we were sitting on the back deck, relaxing, and all of the chickens were roaming around on the ground near the deck when one of the cockerels gave the "danger from the ground" alarm. (Yes, we speak chicken-ese!) He was strutting around between the hens and the bush country that is our back yard. So we jump up and start looking, "What does he see?" Well, there was a groundhog about 150 feet away, an old gray fellow, grazing on clover. I know, that's really not terribly dangerous, but we were so proud of our little man!