My rooster just started crowing last month. Since then he seems to be getting more aggressive toward the hens. He will chase them around pecking them. When they try to eat he will jump on their backs and peck their heads. He seems to have become a bully. My hens, a mixed flock, are sweethearts but 'Patch' is mean to them. Only my two leghorns, the survivors from my original flock of 12, are not intimidated by him. They survived a fox attack which killed two hens and two months later survived an attack by two pitbulls that killed 8 more hens. I guess they are afraid of 'nothing' now. I am not concerned about them, it's the other 12 new girls who are tormented by Patch, the rooster. My wife thinks I should introduce him to the 'dumpling pot'. I don't want to do it but, the egg production has gone down considerably since the rooster started bullying. And I don't know if my 10 younger hens will ever start laying (they are 10 - 12 months old). What do you recommend?