Thank you for your reply. I had a feeling as I have been doing some studying up.
He's quite the little protector already. When I am gathering them up for their trip outdoors he runs around pecking at my hand and having a little fit.
The Buffs and the other BR's come right to me, I handle them and pet them all daily. I talk and pip pip pip to each one. He is fine once I am holding him but does not like to see the others gathered up and taken out of the pen.
The feed store we went to only deals in "pullets" they said, but I had already read that 100% cannot be guaranteed w/o DNA.
Anyway, thanks for your help and we're pretty happy about it being an "Earl" now instead of a "Rosey".