My roo was mean and over time I didn't even realize how I'd stopped visiting and enjoying my chickens.... until today. He also was really rough with them and scratched them up...to the point that two had to wear aprons and one has lost a good deal of head feathers as well. Well last night I chopped off his head and he's no more. And at first I thought that I'd be remorseful and guilty...but nope! The only concern that I have is that the gals kinda liked his guiding them around and 'protecting' them and now they're on their own. As for me, well, I'm thrilled that he's gone and I was able to spend time in their area and it was fun again! My one concern is predators, though I've lost 2 when he was on duty and so we'll see what happens. Have any of you had this experience? How did your hens manage?