I hope some of you super smart chicken people can help. This is the background- I started last spring with our original flock, 6 Buff Orp chicks, one a roo. They have been a delight-very sweet and mellow. Our roo Rudy is amazing; he is super smart and very watchful and protective. He also imitates me when I laugh! He finds food for his girls, and took to sleeping in front of the nest box instead of the roost when they were broody. He did test us a few times, but I pick him up and carry him around when he tries to show dominance and he's generally very respectful. When he first started mating he was a little rough with his girls as they didn't seem ready, but now they've all matured, they have "normal" relations. A few months ago, three of the pullets went broody in a months time. I ordered eggs of three different breeds for them to hatch and they've been living side by side in 4 breeder pens, along with an older batch I incubated myself. The three left of the original flock are in their original tractor and are let out to free range when we are home. I think Rudy has gotten frustrated as he feels the need to dominate the whole bunch, but just can't get into the pens. When I let him out in the morning the first thing he does is run to the pens where he pecks on the wire and does the wing dance. Phoebe, our head hen was the first to hatch and her babies are 7 weeks old-fully feathered and good-sized. In the last week she has been "beaking" some of the chicks. They run away to a corner, and I don't think she'll seriously hurt them, but I took it as a sign it was time for her to rejoin the flock. I set her out of the pen and when Rudy spied her he chased her down and tried to mate her, grabbing a hunk of feathers as she tried to get away. I managed to break it up, picked her up and carried her to her sisters, one of which pecked her...and chased Rudy off every time he tried to get close. She kind of freaked out and ran under my truck. As I was on one side trying to get her out, Rudy got to her from the other side and "attack-mated" her. After I shooed him away, she just lie there, frozen and traumatized, so I put her back with her chicks. I realize some of this is inevitable, but is there a better way to reintroduce her? I've thought about putting her on the roost at night (which would involve major contortions just to get in the tractor and get her up there) but it has a small pen, so if he went after her in the morning, they could really get banged up in a scuffle. The second hen to hatch has chicks just a week younger than Phoebe's, they are also fully feathered and we are in Florida. Should I put them both out together so he doesn't focus on just one? Any advice out there?