Young kids should never be left alone with ANY animal. This is not only for the childs safety but for the animals as well! My 3 kids ages 6,5 and 3 have grown up with cats, dogs, chickens, goats, a pony etc. None of them have ever bothered each other because of the simple fact I train both child and animal at an early age to RESPECT each other. A rooster should never be handeled IMO and tamed down as a pet as this just bonds them to you. They will start to see you as a part of the flock and as an attempt to be dominant rooster they will attack. I've had many roos over the years and NOT ONE has ever attacked me or my kids. The few roosters who poofed out their neck feathers and posed at a human were butchered immediately. We don't take risks at my house and neither should anyone else. Our kids safety is much more important then a pretty roo. The same goes for snappy dogs, vicious cats, mean hens, violent billy goats, etc. Some animals are born with the genetic tendency to be just plain mean and shouldn't be around people without direct supervision AT ALL TIMES. Sorry for the rant but I get so p****d to hear all these cases on here lately about kids getting hurt! This is probably the fifth one I've seen this week and one person was trying to say it was THEIR fault their kids face got ripped open and decided not to cull the bird! Stupidity!