So unfortunately, my young rooster has threatened me a few times (turned sideways, lowered his head and one wing at me). The first time he did this, it was the morning after I had picked him up to check out a possible sore on his foot. That was the first time I'd handled him in at least a month, and he was quite upset that I picked him up. So maybe he was still feeling threatened from that. Another time it was when I touched a hen (which she does not really mind). This morning as soon as he saw me walking toward the coop, he started trying to mate with a hen. She ran from him and he let her go. I mention this because I've heard that if they make a point to mate right in front of you, they may be challenging you. I opened the door to let them out into the yard, and he lowered his head and one wing at me again. Each time he has done this, I've walked toward him briskly and he has run away. So there have been no attacks (yet). I'd like to have a roo that I can handle if necessary without worrying about his attitude the following day. I also like to hand feed my hens regularly, and I don't really want to give that up. Ideally, I'd like to even be able to handle the hens on occasion, without aggression from my roo. What are realistic expectations here? What should I be able to expect from a roo? Are these traits that can be selected for, or do I have totally unreasonable expectations? Those of you with good non human-aggressive roos, would you be able to do any of the things I mentioned and not have him try to threaten you? I am trying to decide if it's worth it to keep him, or get a different roo for my flock. There are a lot of things I like about him. He seems good with the hens. He does his little mating dance and doesn't chase them much if they don't want to mate. He hasn't damaged any back feathers. He also loves to find food for them. He's good with chicks as well, and finds treats for them just like for a hen. I am in the process of introducing new babies to my flock. They are separated by a fence, but can see each other and interact through the bars. I actually saw him let them reach their little heads through the bars and peck food off of his beak. I was so impressed!