So I am new to the whole chicken thing, and I got what I thought were 4 females from McMurray Hatchery, but unfortunately 1 turned out to be a cockerel. They are now about 25 weeks old. The cockerel is a Rhode Island Red, one of the hens is also a RIR, and 2 others are black australorps. I also got another younger RIR (about 16 weeks old) I got as a replacement from McMurray, which is now in a separate coop temporarily - more on this later. So of course I am sure the question has been asked 1000 times, even on this forum, but I couldn't find any good answers... What do you do with aggressive roosters? How do you "tame" them? Or do you just make him soup (that's what everyone says). At first he was a nice rooster, then a few weeks back he attacked my 7 year old, so now my 7 year old won't go into the run. He wouldn't attack me before - until today (and I thought he liked me). He went for my leg when I walked in - I gave him the broom (which he is scared of for some reason), and he is now staying away, but I know its just the beginning of the problem. I can deal with him, but the bigger problem is he won't accept the new RIR female. I tried keeping her in the run inside the cage for a week, tried putting her in the coop at night, but in all cases he just keeps attacking her (and badly). He won't let up. The poor little chick puts its head in a corner (thinks she is hiding probably because she can't see) and he just keeps pecking away. I ended up just putting her in a separate coop until I can figure it out. So the easy answer is - yes, make rooster soup, but my son gets upset when I suggest that. Even though he is afraid of him, he doesn't want to eat him. I really do not need a rooster, I live in an suburban area, and don't really need the noise, the run is completely enclosed (even on top) and pretty large, so I don't need him for protection. I am not planning on hatching eggs, so I don't need him for that. Please some suggestions other than eat him. I can try to give him away on Craigslist maybe, but other than that, can you somehow make them less aggressive? do they get less or more aggressive with age?