Hi, We are new to chickens, so any help would be so appreciated. We have 15 chickens, 4 of indeterminate age and breed, and 6 Rhode Island Reds and 5 Barred Rocks that are 4 months. We also have a 3 month old Barred Rock rooster. We originally had 2 baby roos, but the broody hen we put him with killed his brother. We found this one huddled in a corner of the coop the next day, shaken up, but okay. One morning about a month ago, we let him loose with the hens. He was fine until noon, but when we checked that evening, the hens had pecked his neck and head so badly, we didn't think he'd make it. He is fine now, but has a bald spot on his neck where the feathers haven't grown back and it doesn't look like they will. He is in a cage just outside of the coop so the chickens know him. Yesterday, we let him loose again, and a couple of the chickens went after him so he's back in his cage. Should we wait till he starts crowing to let him in with the chickens again? We are hoping he will dominate and be fine. He is the same size as the younger chickens. Also, what can we put on his neck so they won't injure him again? We thought of using air brush tattoo ink on him to hide the pink skin. Another friend suggested making him a spiked collar. I hear you all laughing, and it sounds silly, but if it works... Any suggestions?