I raised 5 chickens, one of which ended up being an Americauna rooster. I only planned on and wanted 5 hens because I have a backyard chicken coop with a run of 50sq feet and only wanted eggs. I can't accommodate enough hens to satisfy the Rooster. He's mating them so much that their back are going bare, except for one queen orpington who seems like the top hen. I thought about giving him away, but I realized he really does a good job of protecting them. We have a bold cat that likes to pounce on the full grown hens and the rooster charges at her. We have hawks flying overhead, coyotes and fox, raccoons and rat snakes all raring to get to them. He is at times a real gentlemen, letting them eat first, even placing food in front of them, and keeping a watchful eye as they forage. I think he does his job well, and has probably saved them a few times, but certainly 4 hens is not enough and they are obviously being over-mated. At times he is rough with them, and was chasing and grabbing at my poor lady orpington against her will. she really didn't want to be bothered. I feel really bad, and don't know what to do. These chickens are my sons pets and mine, so I can't butcher him, and don't know if he's a benefit or a burden to the flock at this point. The hens are so friendly and naive I wonder if they would survive very long without him. Separating them would be very difficult, because we only have a backyard coop. Any advice would be appreciated.