Thanks everyone. Carl was an EE. He was supposed to be a pullet. My two EE hens are sweet as can be. So, Lil Gray is definitely an EE mix of some sort. I guess I'll just let him do his thing and see how it goes. I've never really given much thought to the temperament of rooster before so every one's replies have been extremely helpful....
Sadly on another note... To make a long story short, my neighbor shot Carl because he had been going into their yard pretty regularly (and he was a jerk, but he was my jerk :( ). Just found out today that they also shot one of our guineas because he was picking on their turkey. (Another guinea went missing about a month ago so now I'm starting to wonder about her as well) I'm a bit frustrated because they didn't say a thing to us that indicated that our birds were bothering them. (They have chickens as well). It's taken us a week to figure out where our birds went. All that being said... I need to figure out how to keep our birds out of their yard. We free range and I really don't want to take that away from them, but the last thing I want is more dead birds. They said our birds being over there is not a problem, but it obviously is so we need to remedy it. I was thinking of putting up a 4 foot welded wire fence between our yards and running an electric string across the top. Do you think this would do the trick. We live on 20 acres, but whoever owned our property before us put the house right next to the only other house even remotely close. Our neighbors are off of our front yard and our backyard is about 3 acres so I want to make sure the birds still have plenty of room. The idea of keeping them contained to the run kills me...
Thanks for any advice.
Sorry to hear of your loss. Its worth a try, the birds will respect the wire. If I had to permanently coop them, I would probably cut numbers drastically! Its just not ok for me to cage them all day.
I know for many its impossible, and they keep their flocks small to allow ample room.
I have to agree on the comments with roo aggression. My polish, orpington, OEGB and maran roos are sweet and no problem. My orpington roos will even brood with the hens, and "mother" the chicks.
My EE, Australorp and wyandotte roosters will go after people. I even have a few silkie roos that challenge me! I do notice that the human aggression goes away when the cockerels are growing up, and the roos are maintaining their spots. I usually only remove roos that are cruel to their hens or other flock birds. Since my species all comingle, roosters usually wont challenge me due to my ganders standing watch. If I get attacked, that roo goes to "jail" (dog kennel) for 2 weeks immediately! Unless the gander has flogged him before I catch the roo I have 2 boys, Red my GLW and Bruce my Australorp that are in jail "frequently"