I need advice as to how to handle an issue in my flock. I purchased two Silver Cuckoo Maran pullets and an Easter Egger pullet this spring and ended up with an Easter Egger rooster instead. This brings my total flock to 9 hens and 1 rooster. He's discovered that he is a rooster in the past few weeks and chases the hens all over the place from the moment the pop door opens in the morning. Unlike the last rooster I had, who ended up in the crock pot after harrassing the girls so badly that they stopped laying, I think this guy has some potential. He at least trys the "hey girls, I've got treats over here for you" routine, and he isn't the monster in size my last rooster was. Also, when he grabs an unwilling hen and muscles her to the ground, my two Speckled Sussex hens run over and flog him and chase him into the corner. So, I'm thinking that in time he may learn some manners and become a good flock guardian. However, in the meanwhile, my smallest and most docile hen (also and Easter Egger) is being pursued unmercifully. He is on her the moment she comes out of the coop in the morning and won't leave her alone. While she was low chicken on the pecking order, the flock has enough space that no chicken really suffered abuse from the other chickens, but it seems that having the rooster single her out has led some of the other hens to pick on her as well. These past few days when I've gone out to check for eggs or let them out to free range I find her inside the coop on the top roost. I've brought her food and held it for her so that she can eat at least once or twice a day, but I'm worried about her. I don't really need a rooster, but I'm sort of hoping that in the spring I can incubate some of my Easter Egger eggs for some more blue egg layers and really excited about incubating some of the Silver Cuckoo Maran eggs and perhaps hatching out some little Olive Eggers. However, I don't want my girls to suffer. Any advice?