Love this place and much thanks in advance for all the info! So I have successfully raised 8 baby chicks into six month old hens, and added them to a flock of 5 laying hens. We kept 1 rooster from the flock of babies and he has grown into a handsome boy and is crowing like crazy: 50+ times a day. It is a great sound, the neighbors are fine with it, we live "way out" and have 3 + acres for them to free range on. He has taken quite a run at several hens and has taken almost all the feathers off of one. The birds that were raised with him all seem fine, it is the 5 "older" birds that he seems most interested in. Their heads bleed, their combs bleed and he has taken countless feathers out of most of the hens. Question: Is this normal, will it curtail itself, am I being a wimp about the way nature works, is there a need for a Rooster? I have no trouble "dispatching" him with a knife if this is indeed a problem bird, however it seems natural to have at least 1 boy around. As a novice chicken owner it 'seems' to me he is pretty unfamiliar with disclipine and so really goes at it when he is working a hen. He seems to go after 1 and then another, again with the harshest 'punishment' for the older birds not in his litter. Thoughts?