I'm new at this chicken thing so tell me if this is normal rooster behavior, or is my rooster extra rough on the hens. My RIR rooster, Rudy, has been breeding my 12 hens for about a month. At first he didn't seem so violent, but now, he pecks at them before he grabs and covers them. When he starts chasing them, they scream and try to run away, but he is relentless. I really like having a roo- I love to hear him crow, and he does watch over the flock and sound a warning if there is danger outside. I try to shoo him awayfrom the girls when I'm in the coop, but it just makes him more determined! Is this normal?