First, I've just come to the conclusion that keeping 3 roos in a flock of 14 just isn't worth it, even if he is pretty. Up until recently, I thought this barred plymouth rock was a girl and the bad attitude would be worth it just to get some nice eggs. NOT! Bad attitude = he is terrified of me and with his huge size, he could easily kill my two silkie roos if he decided to. He's still very young, about 4 months or so, and I caught him trying to clumsily mount a hen this afternoon. Those giant crooked feet will rip feathers off their backs in no time I'm attached as I've had him for 3 months, but I can't get close to him, trying to catch him is a nightmare - where's the fun in that? How do I rehome a young purebred without wondering if he'd be served for dinner? I couldn't do that to him!! Second, I have the same attitude problem with one of the hens: you can't approach her, she screams bloody murder and will bash her head into obstacles trying to get away if you get close. She's shredded my arms and face twice already with feet and wings when I had to get her into the coop at night (she won't go near the plastic on the pop door - dumb bird). Again, I've had her for 3 months, she is big and beautiful (RIR and cochin mix), if she's not already laying she will start any day... but... I get no enjoyment from her, to me she is taking up food and space that a nice, gentle and friendly hen could take. I don't know anyone around where I live that would take them, or even one of them. I'm afraid to place an ad and hand them over to strangers (well you guys aren't strangers, LOL). I'd love to replace these two with proven purebreed layers, any kind that does well in cold weather would do as long as they are sweet and laid back. Please help me fix my flock! Am getting desperate!