I have a flock of approx. 24 hens and 1 little molted japanese bantam rooster named Slyvestor. Yes, Sly-vestor is his name. Well Slyvestor has been banished to spending his day outside the coop and run. About three weeks ago I came home and found my favorite black austrolope hen bloodly as could be. Her comb, ear lobes and wattles were just tore up. I had no idea what had happen to her, as far as I can tell she is the top hen and I thought another hen challanged her ranking and it just got nasty, however, none of the other hens looked like they had been fighting. Then one morning I caught him. He just went over to her and just started flogging her without any mercy at all. When he approached she submitted and squatted but "love" was not what he had in mind. I had to go in and grab him so he would stop. I continued to watch and within a half hour he went after my GLW. He started flogging her as well even though she submitted to him as well. In my 35+ years of having chickens I have never seen a rooster do this. Getting rid of him is not an option I hatched and raised him in the house until he was about a month old and he is just as friendly and sweet to me as can be. One funny thing is since he is put outside the coop and run each day now in the evening he comes up to the porch and flies up on the railing and crows to let me know it is time to put him in the coop. So I go out pick him up and carry his bad little butt to the coop and place him on the roost. Anyone else experienced this? FYI, Slyvestor and this hen are both 3 years old so they have spent 3 years as flock mates.