Okay, so you have some information. I hope this is the right place to put this... it's not truly an injury but more of a behavioral thing. Backstory: I have 6 hens, and one accidental rooster (cockerel still). My rooster is a very fine fellow... friendly with people (he likes me to rub his face), very nice to the hens, a great watchout for predators and protective of his girls, and overall is a really good boy. All 7 are 7 months old this month, so he's still a bit of a teenager. He's still a bit clumsy... and a few of my pullets are a bit small. I have noticed that on the larger pullets, he does his deed without a problem and they are not roughed up. On the smaller framed pullets, he started roughing their backs up a bit (feather loss) when he mates them. I got them saddles and the saddles work great. The trouble is, that the rooster is even more clumsy on the saddles, and uses the head feathers on the hens (pullets) to steady himself. Sometimes when a hen in in a big hurry to get back up, she jerks loose and he ends up with a beak-full! He is not pulling the feathers out himself nor being rough with the girls. He waits for them to squat before climbing on and doesn't chase and pin them to mate. He doesn't eat the feathers and it only happens during mating. Actually he just sort of stands there and looks dazed like he's confused about what happened. As for the hens, they have minor bald spots. No wounds or anything, just some pulled head feathers. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? (Short of removing the rooster) I really like him and I hate for such a minor thing to cause us to get rid of him, as otherwise he's fantastic. I also hope that as he ages he will get a little more graceful? Here's a photo of Gullincambe just so this isn't so boring!