So, little Henrietta turned out to be Henry and now I have to make a decision. I have 15 12 week old chicks, one is a wanted roo, a Welsummer. They are all different breeds, most large, dual purpose, including 4 Brahmas. I ordered a Welsummer rooster to be easier on the smaller hens in the flock (Welsummer being the smallest breed). Now Henry is a buff Brahma, of course, the largest breed. My Welsummer roo has been all roo from the get go. Always coming right up to me, always looking out, crowing at 8 weeks... When there is something scary all the hens crowed together and he stands in front and starts to approach the scary thing to investigate. He has bitten me a couple of times when still quite little and I gave him a good peck once, which send him off with a surprised scream and he has been respectful to me since. He doesn't peck at me, let's me pick him up easily. Now Henry behaves just like some of the other shy hens. No rooster behavior whatsoever, no crowing, approach, nothing. So which o e do I keep? Does my Welsummer's behavior indicate good rooster qualities or trouble in the making? Will Henry likely develop into a nice, useful rooster, or will he be a coward? (they will free range so it matters). Is Henry too big to mate with the smaller breed hens and ens up hurting them? How long can I wait before giving one of them away?