Ok, third time this has happened with 3 different hens now. When I am holding one of the girls, he attacks them! Once he grabbed a hen by the neck. Tonight I just released a hen and the moment after she was on the ground (I was crouched) he pecked her. What the heck is he thinking? He normally does not peck his girls. Don't know if it makes any difference, I have him and his 4 girls and one other rooster that is a few weeks older and from a different "group" that was mostly roosters and now he just has 2 hens. This rooster has been crowing for the last week or so and has a few hens of his own. He will be gone soon, not that it should matter to this other cockerel. Any insight appreciated.