That in itself sounds like an oxy-moron, but everything I've read about roosters has me concerned. I have a bunch of Rhode Island Red pullets and 1 ameraucana roo and he has been fine till last week. They were all hatched on Sept. 11th. My 5 year old daughter picks him up every day and 'man handles' him and that's fine, he doesn't chase her or anything. He did attack my friend's 2 year old a couple days ago and I was hoping he'd be sweeter then that but I also know that's normal (I had a barred rock bantam roo growing up and he scared me to death many times at 10). However I've noticed over the past couple weeks he is mean to ALL the pullets. He usually lets them eat first, but he chases them all over the yard and pecks at their combs. I've had a few with missing pieces of comb and blood on their faces. I wanted to know if THAT was 'normal' for a roo, because I feel like everything I've read says that the roo protects the flock, not chases and intimidates the flock. Now they are around 18-19 weeks so they aren't laying yet but do you think that a roo like this would keep them from feeling safe enough to lay? Penny for your thoughts. Thanks!