I just separated my hens from the rooster because he is "raping" them to the point where they can't bend over to eat or scratch around or anything without him there to rip feathers out and claw at them while he does his business. They never get a break from his relentless "love". They are losing feathers and are tormented. I have trimmed his spurs but he is a mating machine nevertheless. I actually didn't remove him from the pen, but put him inside a smaller pen within the bigger pen. So they can all see each other but he can't bother them. Is this normal? Should I return him to his flock? I'm not interested in raising chicks right now, but eventually. I just felt sorry for those poor girls......... Btw, there are 9 hens. Just about all of them are laying eggs now and I have another rooster that free ranges out in the yard but is never allowed inside the pen. One's enough I figured....... Thanks for any insight.