Hello! So I know chickens have their pecking orders, and the bottom of the chain is going to get the worst of it, but I'm not liking what I'm seeing... A few weeks ago I added a 3-4 month old buff orpington rooster to my flock of 5 girls (all are over 1.5 years old and have lived together for at least a year now). I got the rooster for free and decided to try keeping a male around. If he doesn't behave, well, chicken stew. I have one small auracana, one small phoenix, and three huge new hampshire red hens. So probably as expected the girls kicked the snot out of him for the first week. After a day or two he put his head down and followed their lead. This last week I noticed he's gotten much bigger and is really taking care of the girls- bringing them moths and feeding them, herding them around the yard, standing between them and danger, etc. They follow him everywhere. He's also started earning breeding right with the girls, apparently! By the way- their coop is in a 12x14 run, but I let them out to free range on 3/4 acres all day every day. My problem is that he really doesn't seem to like my phoenix hen, Butch. She's very small and blind in one eye- she was a battery hen and has always been skittish. All of the NHR hens are picking on her pretty bad, too. If she gets anywhere near them or the current food source they will chase after her and try to grab at her comb. Over the last week she's isolated herself- she will remain in and around the run while everyone else free-ranges, or keep herself alone on the other end of the property, or if she does follow them, it's at a 10-15' distance. I was feeding everyone in their run the other day, and Butch remained outside of the run at a distance, so I threw some scratch to her through the chainlink so she could eat too. One of the NHR girls saw Butch eating from a distance, ran out of the run and took off after her, making very unhappy chicken noises. She chased Butch off of the scratch and came back into the run to keep eating. I also watched the rooster go after her yesterday. I'm not sure it's mating. He doesn't dance or puff up, he just sets off after her at a sprint, chasing her in circles until she leaves the vicinity. He is not hassling or chasing any of the other hens, even if they tell him off for trying to mate. Before the rooster came in, there was no aggression or bullying amongst the girls whatsoever. They were all very close. Now Butch spends most of her days hiding in the grape vines away from the other chickens. I figured after a week or so the new pecking order would settle in and the bullying would stop, but it seems to be getting worse. Any ideas?