I have a 9-10 week old cockerel that has been my "pet" since it was a chick. He sat on my arm, and ate in my lap. I know that he is no longer a "pet" and I want to do what is right with him. He will be the rooster for a flock of 5 hens. Right now, he seems to discipline them a lot, especially when they come running back to the flock, he runs to them and gives a good peck. I can only pick him up if I'm right next to the coop, or if I coax him with food. He doesn't scream when I get him, and I can do just about anything with him. He used to love to sit on the chair with me, but since we've gotten rid of the other cockerels, he has stopped doing this. He is now concerned only with his girls. Whenever there is a lot going on, dogs barking, or a lot of energy in the air, I can't always pick him up without him acting like he doesn't want me to touch him. He doesn't peck like he's attacking, but he does watch my hand as it goes around him which is something he doesn't normally do. I understand this as he has a flock to protect, and he has to survive as well, so he's on alert. And when I'm picking the girls up around him, and they scream, he tends to get really close. I'm afraid that this could be bad later on, so is there something I should do now? I know aggression can be inherited, but I want to make sure that he knows I'm the boss.