I went down to the coop earlier than usual (all were still roosting) and opened their pop-door. Three of the hens immediately jumped down and rushed outside. The rooster escorted the rest out and then chased the three around the run trying to peck them. He did his little sideways, one wing down dance around them all before he calmed down. Yesterday we had a hawk hanging around the run (it's covered, they're bantams) and the rooster always chases the hen inside when the hawk is lurking. Is it possible that he was punishing the three hens because they didn't wait for him to check for danger first? He's never been a mean rooster, always looking out for his ladies. I was just astonished to see this behavior.