One of our chickies is a definite cockerel. He is our RIR and started life here as "Henrietta" but now is Henry. He is currently somewhere between 9 and 11 weeks old. He and my BO pullet are my two friendliest. He likes to sit in my lap and be pet, just lays there until I remove him. It is really hard to think of him as "dinner" but I have read and heard a lot about roosters being aggressive as they mature. Since he is currently my "lap chicken," that is also hard to imagine, but I am a first timer with chickens, so am inclined to believe what others say. So I would like to ask, are there any good reasons to keep a rooster? Any thing that I should be aware of? Do their nutritional needs differ? Should I keep him in a different pen? Anything I haven't thought of? Thank you for any advice and help.