I have a question...not to hijack, but this may help NYRIR and others. Is it better for a cockerel to fear you or be friendly with you? A little over a month ago I got a d'Uccle hen and a then eight week old chick that she hatched. He's a cute little squirt, d'Uccle/Ameraucana, and I have decided to try and keep him. He's going to be gorgeous when he matures. Ever since day one of him being here, he has been a TOTAL SPAZZ BOY. If I try to touch him or handle him he screams bloody murder and tries to bolt out of my reach. I regularly, and very gently, try to reassure him that I'm not there to harm him. Should I continue to do this or just leave him be? I don't mind having a rooster that doesn't enjoy sitting in my lap. Some of my girls aren't into that, either. I just don't want to end up with a rooster that won't even let me enter the coop! He's never going to be very big, I can't imagine ever being afraid of him... I'd just rather take the correct steps now than have to correct the wrong ones later.