Let me preface this by saying that Im a total novice when it comes to most things chicken. Ive had mine for 11 weeks(18, all hens 8 buff orpies, 3 SLW, 5 RIRs, and 2 BJGs) and from what Ive seen they are dolls. None of them have a mean bone in their body. I went to a friend of a friends farm last night to look at a pig were considering going in halves on. The guy whos farm it is has a great little spread. I dont know how many acres, probably 100 or so. Theres a barn, a couple out buildings, a shed or two and a nice old farm house. I swear he should be back in the old days. Hes got a couple of everything. Cows, a horse, some pigs, the ubiquitous cat and dog, a goat, and also some chickens. My friend told him that I had recently gotten into chickens. The guy told me I was welcome to go look at them. I walked up and peaked through a screen door. They looked huge!!! Mine are 11 weeks old as of Friday. I guess Ive never really been around full grown birds before. Not to mention the half a dozen roosters with some seriously ominous looking spurs(2+). My friends boy whos been to this farm dozens of times ran up the hill while I was looking. He flung open the door and hopped in. One of the roosters flicked an buggy looking eye in his direction, fluffed himself up, and took off at Nick. He happened to get it just right and spurred him in the crotch!!! None of the birds, even the huge looking barred rock hens were very nice. Mine, if you hold out a hand, theyll run over to be stroked and petted, even with strangers. These just sort of cowered in a corner. I'll also add that they didn't look all that well cared for. Although I've been told I tend to lavish mine a little too much. So maybe care for gerneral meat and egg birds might not look like enough to me. Ive got five roosters(2 barred rocks, 1 white giant, and 2 partridge chanteclers) in my brooder right now. Theyre one week old today. Are my roosters going to be as mean and nasty as those were? If so, I dont want them. Little kids come over all the time and I want it to be a pleasant experience for them. Sorry if I sound harsh. Its just I dont want anything that might hurt them.