Hi guys. I have one barred rock rooster. Had 3 BO hens (down to two now due to hawk attack) 3 RIRs, 1 red star, and 4 RIR pullets who are not full grown and are seperated from the flock at this point. There are also three chicks in with my adult flock that were raised by one of my BO's. Flock accepted them wonderfully, I reintroduced broody with her babies at about 5 weeks. I'll try to not make this too confusing: about a month ago I noticed the three lighter hens (2 BO's and the red star) were all bare backed from him. (At that time the broody & chicks were still seperate). The reds don't show any signs of wear and tear. So I seperated the lighter hens from him because they were even looking a little bloody. I was letting them free range outside of the pasture where he keeps his other wives. Well, we lost one of the Buffs to a hawk. We also lost one of the chicks early on to the hawk, but then I put a tarp over their run and no more. No hawk attacks inside pasture where the roo is. After we lost that Buff, I put the remaining ones in the covered run but the red star just went crazy having her freedom taken away and starting beating on the one remaining buff, who is small and timid. Finally I put the red star back with the roo despite she hadn't quite healed yet but she was going out of her mind. Now he's ripped her feathers out again. This roo also comes after me on a regular basis. Only reason he's still alive is I think he is protecting the rest of the flock from the hawk. That is their only predator problem as they are inside a sturdy fence with hotwire and ground predators can't get in. Hubby says no way in hell are we buying saddles for the hens so I am thinking maybe eat this roo and try to find a nicer one who will not batter his wives? There are roos out there who don't rip up the hens when breeding, right? I find my BO hens to be much more mild than the reds. Would I have better luck with a BO rooster? Any other breeds that might be kinder to me and the other ladies? We admittedly did not handle this one as he was growing up and we could maybe have prevented his nastiness toward people but I can't have him hurting the hens. Am I way off base to want to dispatch my roo? Is it a crapshoot which roo will beat the wives?