Originally Posted by NYREDS
I have a different point of view than most here. I rais a few hundred birds every year & have raised thousands in my lifetime & I pay no attention to "behavior" when I select breeders. In fact ,if anything, I go in the other direction. I prefer an aggressive male as they tend to be more prolific breeders & have better fertility. I'm a 200 pound man so I don't feel threatened by an 8 pound chicken. When my children were young & now with my grand daughter they just weren't/aren't in a position to be harmed by an aggressive male because they're on one side of a fence, the chickens are on the other side.
And there you have it. Bill doesn't interact with his chickens as most backyarders do. He's a breeder, period. He breeds for looks and Standard of Perfection, which cares zilch about temperament. He never walks among his birds as we do so it's not a concern with him.
I challenge him on one point, for sure! You won't find a more prolific breeder than a Delaware rooster and my Isaac handles 25 hens at the age of 3 years old just fine, though he has some he just plain doesn't like (as witnessed by chasing those couple away from the feeder). In fact, some of his favorites are even wearing protectors. He is a complete pussycat with us and even with other people who have visited here. In fact, it should be a breed trait for a Delaware to be well-tempered and friendly. If you have a human-aggressive Delaware, you have a cull bird.
The idea that a good breeder must be human-aggressive is pure myth, in my humble opinion, sorry, but I hear that over and over again, and it just ain't so. You can feel free to disagree with me, but I'll never believe it.
I agree with one thing--you shouldn't let an 8 lb chicken bully you. If you can't change that behavior, that bird needs to be culled.
ETA: If that's what you want, aggressive males, that's fine, but backyard hobbyists usually don't want human-aggressive roosters. Even most breeders would rather not have a nasty-tempered male and propagate that temperament, because, don't kid yourself, it is heritable. The OP who asked is not a professional breeder, unless I'm mistaken. And even folks who breed to show do not want birds who cannot be safely handled by judges.
Edited by speckledhen - 6/25/12 at 6:20am