Yesterday when I opened the pen door to let the chickens free range The rooster went first and two hens followed. I thought I will just lock the rooster out for the day and give the other 9 chickens a peaceful day without the rooster. It worked wonderfully! Smarty (the hen that gets picked on by the rooster) had a peaceful day. I have put a dog crate inside the coop and that is where I place Smarty for the night. The rooster can't get to her this way incase his plans are to kill her. I know this ritual may get old but I just can't bare the rooster hurting her anymore than he has. (a bloody cone) I was contemplating getting rid of the rooster but I may have come up with a good solution that will only take effort on my part. Anyone else dealing with this sort of thing?