I got some chicks from a hatchery a couple months ago, I forget the date, but I can find it if any of you need it, just ask. I ordered all females, two red sex links, two rhode island reds, one barred plymouth rock, and one partridge plymouth rock. A couple weeks ago one of the sex links got sick and died, and just a few days ago when I got back from dropping my brother off at college I noticed that one had a huge comb, 3-5 times bigger then the rest, and seamed to be the head of the flock, and had a bigger tail, had a different body shape, and was just bigger all together. The people who watched my chickens while I was gone have been in chickens for 14 years, and they thought he was a cockerel too. When got back I ran out of the car (it was night) and went to check on my little darlings (Chickens) to make sure they all survived while I was gone. I turned on the lamp I had in there (for cold nights, since they still are young) They all were there, and I went to pet one, a Rhode Island Red, and it BIT me. No it didn't peck, it BIT. I still have a mark a couple nights later. It bit me twice, but I only have one mark. It had swelled up. The next day I went out with gloves and went to hold the biting chicken, but it didn't even try to bite or peck or scratch me. I took of the gloves and it seamed happy enough, except it wanted to be with the rest of the chickens. The next morning I went to let them out, and he came up to me, I just thought he wanted to get out, so I went to pet him, and he bit me again. I got another mark, which then swelled up, but went away after a few hours. This morning when my mom went out to let the chickens in their run, he bit her too, and kept trying. He seams okay during the day, just at night and in the morning. Is he just protecting his girls, or was he scared, or what? I would LOVE to have a rooster, but my mom doesn't want me to have one if he is going to crow all day and night (which only once in a while I hear of a wonderful rooster who only crows when he or his girls are being threatened, or when he finds food). I doubt he will be quiet though. I only want a rooster if he is going to be nice. I'm thinking of taking him to a place I know of where you give them your chicken, and they will sell it for you, and send you the money. If any of you have had a rooster or chicken that bit you, could you tell me what you did? I wouldn't mind having him if he only bit during the night and morning, because he might be able to protect my hens against any raccoons, but I don't know if the raccoon will just tear off his head... I don't know really what I should do. I love my rooster, and all of my hens, I got them as pets (a mistake maybe?) and have had them since they were 2 or 3 days old. If you need any more info just tell me and I will gladly give it to you!