One would think that a male surrounded by 15 lovely chicks would be quite content with his lot in life. But nooooo. Rather than offering a buss on the beak, but this young cockerel prefers to peck the back of every pullet passing by. And these don't appear to be mere love bites. He really nails them, right between the shoulder blades to the point that feathers often fly. Hi, folks. I'm John in southeastern Ohio. I've popped into the forum occasionally (when time allows) and it looks like a friendly place. It would be a pleasure to get to know you all a little better. I have some experience with chickens, but I've never encountered such an aggressive roo in the absence of other males. Have I led a sheltered life? Is this behavior normal? Although it wasn't planned (he arrived as the extra chick in an order of 15), we like the idea of a rooster on the homestead. And he's a handsome bird, a black giant whose feathers have a slight green sheen. But we're not going to let him worry the hens to death. We need to curb his behavior. Any suggestions on how to do that? Or, do we need to ship this rooster up the river to the nugget factory? Thanks.