I have 12 Plymouth White Rocks & 12 Buff Orpingtons. All hatched May 17th. (approx 5 1/2 months old). Started getting 1 to 2 eggs a day about 2 weeks ago so I figure a few of my girls have started laying. Anyway, my BO Rooster seems to be quite aggressive with my girls. Some of the hens are very docile and don't make any fuss when he mounts them, BUT sometimes he is just rough. I had gone out to the hen house around 3:30 this afternoon, checking on the girls (collecting my 1 egg!) and all was well. Went back out an hour later and two of my hens (1 BO and 1 Rock) were bleeding from the back of their head. The Rock looks like my Roo got too close to her comb and was just a small amount of blood. She jumped up on my lap and let me examine her and she is fine. The Buff had quite a large area torn away from her scalp and alot of blood. She was NOT bleeding anymore when I examined her but the other hens were pecking at her. The feathers and skin are still there - just kinda a flap you can pull back and see the wound. My husband and I put her in a dog carrier (large one) with food and water and put her in with the other hens. She is acclimating fine and eating annd drinking - I just wanted to separate her and allow her time to heal. Question 1 - will my Roo get gentler as he matures?? Or does he need to go to the stew pot (my husband threatened!) Question 2 - what is the best treatment to put on the wound? Thought about cleaning it with hydrogen peroxide and putting hyrdocotisone on it?? Maybe just putting hydorcortisone cream on it? She is pretty docile, so it will be easy to treat her. Appreciate any feedback.