i just want to say my rooster is the best possible rooster i could have. i sweated it for so long. i was going to have a buff orp. rooster, but my dog ruled that out by killing him. i then got five chicks hoping they were all girls. all but one were boys. i ended up keeping one black australorp. he was never friendly. always stand offish. he is huge, still stand offish. he's ever vigilant, kind to the girls. he lets me know whenever there is a problem. he never considers attacking people or the other animals. i could not ask for a better rooster. for anyone trying to decide - i highly recommend this breed - if my guy is representative of the breed.