I would like to say that I switched over to horizontal waterers about a month ago they do like all the reviews states. The problem that I thought that I had was one buckeye would hop down off her roost and act like she was dying of thurst. Being a person who cannot stand seeing animals go without water, I played fetch and gave the birds a drink. She would take one drink and that is it while maybe 4 more would take one or two drinks and that is it. Fastforward to yesterday, I received three roosters that I hatched out as chicks thinking they were pullets and I gave them to a friend.. These were mix breeds that the roo was a JERK and not a drop of buckeye in that breed! Well they were jerks and as soon as I opened the box thinking of an easy butcher. The fight was on. Talk about MEAN! The fact that a mean roo produces mean offspring. Never will I breed a mean roo again.
So back to the buckeye pullet and after the three mean roos. I realized she was only greeting me hoping for a snack or something when I entered the coop at night. I am sure glad that buckeyes are has better temperment than most.
I agree temperament is very important. Both my roosters are absolute sweethearts- my Buckeye and my dark Cornish. I tried to choose the roosters that were fairly decent but absolutely had to have good natures. They may not be perfect representatives of their breeds but I'm still looking very forward to their babies! Nasty chickens are the first to be removed from my flock. I had to remove a hen too, it's not just roosters that can be jerks.