I just got my first rooster a month ago. He's 4 months old, buff orpington, beautiful bird. He takes great care of the girls and isn't too noisy. If he's crowing, he'll usually stop when I show up. He hasn't made any noises at me that I identify as aggressive, nor has he "hackled up" around me. He doesn't breed or bully the girls much either. He will not let me pick him up, he's very jumpy and skittish. I enjoy having him around and want to avoid "enabling" aggression in him. He does a lot of things that I think are cute, but as with dogs, sometimes the "cute" behaviors are the gateways to aggressive behaviors. A few examples: Pushing the girls out of the way to get first pick when I'm feeding them from my hand. Pecking at my fingers (when I'm on his level) when I have no food. Following me EVERYWHERE. He even followed me down the lane this morning when I was putting trash out. Totally up and left the girls to run and catch up with me. Obviously I'm inclined to think "Aw, he likes me. He wants to eat from my hand and follow me around." So I guess, is his "clinginess" a bad sign, and what behaviors should I watch out for that signify aggression? Is he just keeping an eye on me to make sure I'm not stepping out of line, does he see me as one of his hens or a senior rooster? What's going on in his little bird brain?