I have had 2 SLW roos that have been totally backwards. I hate to judge the breed by these two but it sure did seem strange to have both turn out to be horrible roosters. the first one we had was bought from a farm before he got too old, so we arnt sure of his past but he was just awful. he flogged people, hard, with intent to kill. he would start on the ground flogging your feet and if you didnt turn and run he would start climbing things to try and get at your face! he once pinned a chicken owning friend of ours and sliced up her arms! we didnt beat him or chase him or anything to bring this on, it was just who he was. he would fight us tooth and nail but when it came to the real predators he didn’t even care. I once walked into the coop and found a hawk eating one of his hens RIGHT NEXT TO HIM. Finally we got rid of him, some crazy chicken man wanted to breed him (I call him crazy because no one should reproduce such an awful rooster! but it wasnt safe to collect eggs and we needed rid of him).
then we bought some chicks and raised them, found a rooster on craigslist for 10 bucks. Awesome rooster!! does his job! keeps the hens in line, feeds them and makes sure they all get back to the coop safely. this spring we got more chicks from Tractor supply. Im realizing this may have been our problem now that i have read the above posts. we raised each chick by hand, being carful to be kind and everything. we ended up with 3 roosters, one of them being a SLW. he was fine at first, but as he got big he started challenging our oldest rooster. our neighbors were looking to start raising chickens so we gave him away to live with three other SLW hens, he would be the only man in the coop! after just 2 weeks they had to separate the females from him because he was fighting with them and starving them! im not kidding! any time they would go to eat he would kick at their faces, grab their neck feathers and pull out their tail feathers. finally the hens stopped trying to eat and then stopped laying... so right now he is sitting in a cage waiting for processing. I dont understand how a rooster could be so backwards. could this be the results of irresponsible breeding?
Im glad to hear not all SLW roos are as crazy as these two. but I think i will stay clear of them. our others roosters are growing up nicely with our oldest we bought on craigslist. they all respect him. I trust his judge of character! Good Luck!