We have been raising layers for several years. I like having a rooster around for the looks and the crowing. We usually keep one at a time, and as soon as the rooster starts ripping up the hens and attacking my wife, he gets eaten and we start over the next spring. We have decided we want to hatch our own chickens. Right now we have about 40 hens and 5 roosters that free range around our barn. The roosters include two light brahmas and three golden-laced wyandottes. We are thinking (right now) to get rid of the brahmas and the wyandotte rooster that has a single comb rather than a rose comb (if anyone wants this beautiful, unique chicken, let me know), and keeping the other two wyandottes. We have five wyandotte hens that we would choose from for mating next spring. So...the question. In the past the roosters have shredded the feathers off the hens, and they are never even old enough to develop much of spurs. Are there any tricks to keeping the roosters away from the hens other than penning them up? If we pen them up, will they need seperate pens to avoid serious fighting? Will they kill themselves trying to get to the hens? Thanks for any advice or references to pertinent threads form the past.