So I think I am going to go ahead and order a roo, along with a few pullets, and actually hatch out a few chicks. I've never done this before, I've always just ordered chicks from hatcheries. I have Marek's disease on my property, where I live is known for it, so I've always just assumed I shouldn't hatch my own, and just buy vaccinated chicks. Well, this is getting spendy, not to mention, I would love to be able to mix and match, just a little. I don't plan on hatching chicks and selling them, just hatch a few for ourselves. After having some feedback on this forum, along with the fact that my neighbors who have had chickens for like 20 years, and don't do a darn thing with them,and have never had a case of Marek's, I thought it wouldn't hurt to maybe just try it. I'm still debating as to whether I would let the hen hatch them, or if I will use an incubator, and vaccinate them myself. Anyways, I realize everyone has their favorite breed, and each roo's temperment is as different as the next, but that aside, going by what you have experienced, as well as general breed characteristics, my question is: which breed (for a roo) has a docile temperment, is medium sized(don't want a large roo hurting my smaller girls), and would be a good all around protector? I currently do not have a roo, lost the best one in the world a few months back, and the current breed of hens I have now are: EE,Australorp,RIR,White Rock,Buff Orp, Silkies, Barred Rock,and Speckled Sussex. I plan on ordering some BLR Wyondottes, and maybe some more EE, in the spring, but not sure. The roo I had in the past that I loved dearly was all the characteristics I mentioned above. However, he was a mix. He was Silkie/barnyard mix. So, if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them Thanks!