I have an Ameraucana, an Ameraucana/banty cross (looks Ameraucana but small) and a Wellsumer hen. I think I was lied to about their age, I think them to be much older than I was told. The first one was supposed to be 1.5 years old, the second girl was supposed to be 7 month old pullet, the third was to be 2.5 years old. That should leave plenty of life in them, (at least to get a few eggs to set) but i think they are at least 3.5 YO and maybe older. Heres the deal though, I have put them with several different Roo's, and they all pound them to no end, I have for now put them in a "girls only" area and they seem fine with that, (this was done 1 of them at a time) they can leave anytime they want the fence is 18" high. The Roosters visit and stand at the fence and chat often. Big Red (Ameraucana) stands and looks over the fence, i know he can jump it and so does he, but for some reason he is respecting it, at least for now. These are not my only hens, I have 3 areas set up for them, 2 free range and the girls cage (chick pen). I had an old boy at least 3 YO by his spurs, (he was supposed to be 9 months) flirted a lot and did little more with any hen, so I put the Wellsumer with him and watched from a hiding place. He grabbed her and mated her 6 times without dismounting, and just stood on her and held her down and then went again, (I rescued her at this point) and mind you he was the gentleman as roosters go. The Ameraucana has been picked on so much she wanted to just be alone, no rooster or hen or anybody else. (she now has 2 friends) Their combs are not good and red (but improving), they have feathers ripped from their backs (improving) The boys, all of them, chase these poor girls relentlessly, ignoring laying hens to chase them down and mate these girls repeatedly, not just any one of the boys, any of them! They have all acted toward these girls the same. No more than 2 roosters to a flock, and at the moment there is only 1 per flock and a cockerel with his age group. The other hens that came with these are not treated this way laying or not, young or old. My question is why do the roosters treat these girls so badly? Do they think they are ready to lay and just holding back?