I had in my flock, 5 hens and 1 rooster. They are about 10 months old and free range. Last week, my RIR rooster attacked my 4 year old son when we were outside, when he rode his truck too close to where they were. This was the second attack since Ive had my flock, but this attack was much worse. I was across the yard and saw the roo jump on my sons back 3 times! Luckily he had on a huge winter coat so the roo couldnt get to his skin from the back. I ran over and chased the roo around the yard for a few minutes because I was so mad. My husband, however, got out the shotgun and took care of the roo right there. It was pretty devastating because I loved that roo, he was so good to the hens! But I cant have him attacking my son! I know it would only have gotten worse anyhow! Especially when the talons grew out! ANyhow, my hens sure didnt act right for a few days, and now Im only getting 1-2 eggs per day. Will they ever go back to laying normally? Should I let them free range again without their roo to look over them? And most importantly, should I find a more docile rooster to introduce to the hens? One that will not attack? And if so, how would I do this? Thanks so much. Im really heartbroken over losing him. Ive had alot of chicken drama the last couple of weeks, as a feral cat got one of my silkies too!