DH and I had been talking about culling both of my adult roosters this year. My older roo, Thor, is a sweetheart but he has a chronic leg problem that causes him much pain. My younger roo Impy is only around 10 months old, also a sweetheart, but he's very hard on my hens backs and especially their heads. He just has never seemed to get the hang of mating. DH was willing to do the deed, as he always has. Then Impy went and got himself in DH's favor. We were leaving the house the other day and DH opened the gate so I could drive my jeep out. Our three young chicks (Impy's kids) surrounded me the minute I walked out the door, followed me right up to the jeep. They scattered the minute I started the jeep, but immediately returned; fearless little things. I slowly backed up, until DH started yelling at me to watch Impy. Impy didn't like the chicks being so close to the vehicle, so he clearly and deliberately started herding them away from it, one at a time. DH was so impressed with Impy's concern for the chicks and all the other ways we've witnessed Impy caring for them, that he is now refusing to cull him. I guess I'm stuck with the booger forever.