Hi, This is our first year with chickens and all has been going great so far. Ive had the 10 hens and 1 rooster, Cochins, since they were a few days old. They are around 8 months now. Made it thru the winter here in MN fine.. The only thing I have been questioning is if our rooster is hurting the hens physically. I have seen alot of chickens mate and this guy stays on top of the girls alot longer. Like let's say...most take about 5-7 seconds, he is on for maybe 15-30. So today, he was on a girl for what seemed like forever.....and when he got off of her, she just laid there. I thought he actually had maybe killed her....accidentally. After maybe 10 seconds, she popped up....but she was walking like she was drunk....best way I can describe it. So then, when they all got in the coop and started hopping up on their branch for the night, i watched her and she fell off.. She was having difficulty balancing. She once again appeared to be having trouble walking straight...but still couldnt tell if it was a body injury or head thing. She got up and fell off a second time...on to hay on the floor. I had JUST cleaned the coop and had fresh hay down so it wasnt as thick as it gets.... I had intended on putting more in tomorrow. So then we were going to put her in a dog crate in their for the night because she was just walking around under the branch but I figured she couldnt/shouldnt get up again. When we got the crate out there, she was up with the others on the branch and because 6 of my girls are white, I couldnt tell which one she was sitting on the branch. So they are up for the night now. This brings me to thinking about getting rid of our rooster. He is sooooo sweet....and no aggressive behavior ....but this mounting issue worries me.