The accent is on docile. Heard some nice things about Barred Rocks being relatively docile. I know it's probably hit or miss w/any individual of any breed. But IN GENERAL, what pure breed (no 'hybrid mules', TYVM), HERITAGE BREED, American chicken (roosters and hens) could be called docile? I've heard dreadful tales of RIR cocks. I know the (English class) BOs are famous for docility, as are Bantams......... Also heard Auracanas are docile (but they're not truly American class, though. Dominiques (I'd LOVE to try them someday), how 'bout them? I've got 5 RIR and 2 (as I've just discovered) NHR 12 weeks old pullets. 2 RIRs are very tame, but none of the seven will tolerate being picked up. And three of the seven (2 RIR and 1 NHR ) are positively skittish!