I have a mixed flock of hens, ranging from five that were a year old this spring, two that will be a year old this December and two that were hatched in April. I also introduced a Freedom Ranger rooster this summer, one of the same hatch as my two youngest pullets He is a big handsome fellow, but is close to twice the size of some of my hens. My hens seems to hate him, and now that he is of breeding age, he chases them all over the chicken yard, and jumps on them. It looks kinda like rape to me. None of the crooning and dancing I've heard other folks describe from their roosters, and nothing that looks like cooperation from the hens. A few days ago I noticd that one of the Freedom Ranger pullets ..(or hens, I'm not sure when you stop calling them pullets) had a big bald patch on her back. I figure she is one of his favorites...probably because the Freedom Rangers aren't as fast on their feet as the other girls. Yesterday I examined her more closely and was horrified to discover that along her sides, where her wings hide what's underneath, that she has nasty gouges and raw flesh. His claws have been tearing the heck out of this poor girl. I immediately confined the rooster to a big dog crate in the garage and treated the pullet for her injuries with Blue Kote. I figure that he stays in the garage until Friday when I have time to set up all the butchering and processing equipment. I'm sort of bummed, but I figure I can't let this brute abuse my girls. Was hoping to gather some eggs for icubation in the spring, but don't think it would be fair to the hens.