I am currently raising my very first group of mostly "barnyard mixed" chickens and they are 16 weeks old. There are 11 pullets and 1 surprise silkie cockerel that recently started crowing. He is very sweet and cuddly and causes no problems in the coop so far (they are confined to a coop and run most of the time). I said I would get rid of any roosters but of course I am attached to him now! My question is: if I keep him, will he cause my hens' feathers to fall out when mating or otherwise hurt them? I don't want my hens to have bare backs or injuries from him. Just wondering if this is "always" the case when there is a rooster in the group. I just want them to be happy! But I also like this cuddly little guy and he gets along with the girls very well!