I am fairly new to the chicken keeping thing. Have only been doing it a year. My son is autistic and pestered us for a year for chickens and ducks. A friend with a farm gave us 1 RIR rooster and hen (Rudy and Peaches) and a golden cochin hen (Henrietta). Another friend gave us a silkie hen (Miss Priss). Miss Priss was already laying when we got her. Rudy, Peaches and Henrietta were approximately 10 weeks. After quarantine time was up for Miss Priss (we received her 1 month after the first 3) we added her to the coop. About a month later we had to take Miss Priss out because Rudy had injured her with his mating. She and Henrietta are in one coop and Rudy and Peaches are in another. I got the smart idea to add 2 hens to Rudy and Peaches this spring. They are sex link hens (?) who my son named Rose and Peebles. After quanatine we tried to add them to Rudy and Peaches' pen. Rudy jumped on them and was pulling feathers and pecking their necks really bad so they ended up with Henrietta and Miss Priss. We socialized with all of them from day one. My son would hold all of them, collect the eggs after they started laying and "help" with the coop care. This past spring Rudy has turned super aggressive. He has attacked me numerous time and will chase my son around the yard if I let him and Peaches out to roam. That was one reason behind getting him new hens. I have tried the rooster taming thing of catching him, holding him, pulling his head down, stalking him. Nothing seems to work. He is a good rooster. A hawk tried to get him and Peaches one day way early this spring. Peaches didn't return home until dark and Rudy was hiding all day. He calls Peaches when he finds treats or when I bring them. He does the egg song with all of the hens and is really good towards the hens. Rudy is a pet (as are all the animals in our "zoo") and I love to hear him crow as does two of my neighbors. They actually walk up their driveways to hear them! My husband has declared that Rudy has to go. My son is scared of him but will feed him grass through the run fencing. Should I keep him and keep working on him (have been for 4 months) or should I find a new home for him? Don't even tell me to kill him....can't do that. We cry when a fish die. They are pets. The eggs are just a nice byproduct. I find them relaxing unless I have to go into the coop with Rudy.