I would like to have a RIR roo in my flock as I like the look of them and they could be used to make some good layer crossbreeds, however I am leary of them, my grandparents had one RIR roo and 10 hens when I was a kid and that roo was the meanest thing in these woods. It didn't matter if you were going to feed them collect eggs, whenever if that roo heard that coop door open he came running in with a vengence. Something meaner than him finally took care of him, we found his carcass 100 yards off in the woods.
I have also read on the hatchery sites that RIRs "males tend to be aggressive". Anyone have experience in recent years with them? How likely is one to end up with a bad RIR, I will not tolerate an aggressive roo period, he attacks 1 person he's dead.
What is the best way to go about it? Get a few of them as chicks and watch them, cull out the more aggressive ones and keep the 1 most docile? Or will this cause more hositiliy issues having more than 1 roo to begin with and make them overly aggressive?