I have recently posted about my hen getting torn up by my rooster.....up until last week all eight of them lived peacefully together....now the rooster has to go because I don't want to chance that happening again. They all free ranged all last summer and all this winter. They are almost a year old now. The question is will the hens be safe to free range without a rooster? He has been a pretty vigilant guard for them. I've never seen him fight off anything but he has alerted them when a hawk is overhead. Is it necessary to have a rooster for safety sake? I do plan to get another rooster....possibly a salmon favorolle which are supposed to be calm....but it will be quite awhile until he is grown enough to take over. I hope to do things right with my rooster this time. I didn't know all I know now when I raised him....my next rooster is gonna toe the line. Also....will my current hens respond to a new rooster who is so much younger than them?