Hi, I'm back again,
Thanks so much, I wasn't able to post a picture but it is confirmed that I have a buff Orpington who is also a rooster.
We are shocked to be honest, we've had them since they were chicks (8 months old now) and for 7 months the rooster looked exactly like his sisters. However, for the past month or so he has doubled in size, grown a beautiful curly tail, and a huge comb. We were still trying to deny reality and hoping it was a masculine hen but he crowed this morning. He is such a gorgeous golden mass of feathers and cuddles. Whilst we are allowed to keep him, I have a few questions which I hope you can answer.
1. As we thought he was a hen for so long, we treated him like a hen. On a daily basis he was picked up and cuddled (he loved attention) and he would fall asleep on our laps for hours on end, he was handfed and regularly brought into the house for a bath (thankfully it has stopped now but he would regularly dirty his vent feathers. Even now he runs to be picked up (although he's so heavy lol) and I've read a rooster shouldn't be treated like this?
2. We have just two hens - will he put too much attention on them? One is a bantam orpington the other is standard-sized, pretty big but our rooster is HUGE. I have never seen him try and mate with them but when he does could he harm them?
3. Finally, could he turn aggressive with us?
Thanks you so much, we do love this particular chicken but we just weren't expecting a rooster and neither are we prepared for the way a rooster needs do be treated.