Hi all... I've been reading a lot on the forums and on the internet in general.. I just processed 11 roosters to reduce some chaos in my flock. What a mess it was before hand. My poor hens... but I am happy to say things are much quieter now. I kept 1 Buff Orpington, 4 months and 1 Silkie rooster, 5 months old, for myself and I'm housing another BO rooster for my daughter, but I'm pretty sure he's leaving this weekend. So far, neither one of the roosters are showing any signs of aggression, but I think it may be early yet. Although, they are both crowing and have been for awhile and they are both mating with my hens. None of my chickens are really able to be handled. I could catch them if I had to and they'd let me handle them, but they aren't 'come over and jump on my lap' friendly. From what I've read, in reference to the roosters, this is good. They do both hang around me, just milling around being chickens if I am sitting out in the run visiting everyone. Not any more so than all the hens, but they aren't afraid of me either. The BO has shown some curiosity that's made me nervous. He'll just walk over to me when I'm sitting in my chair and look up at me, tilting his head back and forth. I'm not really feeling like he's 'sizing me up', but I'm new to rooster behavior, so I'm not sure. I almost get the feeling he might LIKE to jump in my lap.... Normally when he does this, I just kind of shoo him away. Is that a good thing to do? I just want to be careful not to create a monster. I've read so many horror stories. I don't NEED roosters, but I'd like to keep a couple, if possible. I'd like to try hatching some chicks next spring, with the help of one of my Silkie hens and I love hearing them crow. Plus I know they are good guardians for my hens. Any advice you can give would be great.... or if I'm doing something wrong, let me know. Thanks!