I have a Speckled Sussex hen who has been broody for a while. I have an Ameracauna hen who was injured by our great big Brahma rooster, who made a fine coq au vin. He was replaced a few days ago with with an Old English bantam who was getting picked on someplace else. The Ameracauna is healing well after my husband stitched her up and she has a saddle now. She and the new rooster are getting along well. My Sussex continued to brood through the drama with the other hen getting mated half to death and was sitting quietly on an egg when the new guy came around. This morning I found her feathers everywhere, the egg broken and her cowering in a corner. My husband is on his way home from work because I think she may be seriously wounded and I can't handle it. My question is this. Could I have predicted that the new rooster would react this way to a broody hen who is obviously not sitting on his eggs? He was in a very submissive position before and I was hoping that he would walk on the proverbial eggshells in his new home. This is my first little flock and I am very fond of my hens. Roosters on the other hand have proven to be a challenge. If Dottie (the SS) doesn't survive this hazing, what would be the best way to introduce a new hen to the run? These are my only three chickens. Another question is this. How soon after I introduce the rooster should I allow him to free range my yard and expect him to go back to the coop?