For about three months, we've been trying to get our Rooster to understand that he's not in charge, but he just didn't get it. He would assert himself and I'd either grab him by the feet and hold him upside down for a few minutes or whack his butt with a stick. He would be ok for a few weeks, then he would go right back to being aggressive and he would always stand up to my wife or any stranger that came near the coop. Every time I put the fear into him, it would also cause the Hens to be afraid of me, making them tense every time I'd go out there. This past weekend, I was inside the run, doing some cleaning and had my back to him. He came at me from under the coop and clawed at my calves. Luckily I had long pants on, or he would have left some nasty scratches. I turned around and kicked him in the chest and he came back at me again, twice. I got the broomstick that I keep out there and gave him the thrashing of his life. We had been talking about getting rid of him for a while, but hadn't gotten around to it. The wife wanted to give him to a neighbor, down the road, but he would just be their problem then and I couldn't do that. My wife didn't want me to get rid of him while she was home so, when she went back to work this morning, I took care of it. Today was the day he crowed his last crow. I usually have difficulty even thinking about killing an animal, but for some reason, I had no problem getting rid of this Rooster. After he was gone, the hens didn't even miss a beat. Everything seems to be calm and carefree in the run now. The thing I'm wondering now is, since he's gone, will the pecking order of the hens change?