NYRIR, I can't remember exactly when we got the first chickens. A boy who was staying with us bought it for his girlfriend and of course it had to live here -- that's how the whole chicken thing got started! I think it was mid to late March, maybe, and that very first bird ended up being a roo. In the last two weeks or so, there were times when we'd go in the pen and reach down for the waterer or feeder and Pip would grab our hand with his beak and pull. We thought he was expecting food since that's usually the case and didn't think much of it. We'd just push him away and go on about our business. Now I think he must have been starting to test us. So you have about 2-4 weeks I'd say!
He didn't go after me today and I was in the pen a couple of times, although he did act like he was going to go after my husband in the morning, but he just put his foot up and then picked Pip up for a bit. I don't think we'd get rid of him if we lived out of town or didn't have a niece who loves hanging around with the chickens. I'm not convinced he's mean, exactly, but I'm not willing to risk my niece or another kid being hurt by a rooster who's just doing his rooster thing. The people he's going to tomorrow know why we're giving him away. They have other roosters so they know how it works, I suppose.