A couple of weeks ago, some of you warned me that this would happen. Today, i saw my 17 1/2 week old cockerel trying to mate my 14 week old pullets, and they were definitely not having it. And he was riding them around the yard with his beak attached to the back of their wings. Here's my question. How far do i let it go? I removed two other roosters the same age from the flock today, leaving him as the clear, unopposed alpha. Did that inspire him to do his roosterly duties? The pullets are clearly not ready for this business. How far do i let it go? Will he possibly ease up in a couple of days and realize this won't work right now? How rough is too rough?