I have never raised males before, and i would like some insight. I took on some unwanted RIR cockerels from a friend a few months ago. I did this, knowing i would pick one to stay on as the big 'dog' of my flock of growing pullets - and i would thin out the the flock by sending the others to 'camp.' My main concerns are, of course, that my rooster doesn't attack me and is nice to the girls. I want him to protect, crow, and be polite. I assume that's what everyone's looking for. The three oldest are right at sixteen weeks, and i'm planning to send 2 of them to 'camp' after Christmas. The biggest and brightest has become the alpha already, and i've felt comfortable with allowing him to remain the alpha. He has responded well to behavior modification from me (picking up and holding his beak when he pecked at me, etc.), and i have not seen him be unkind to the pullets. The other two, i have seen, more than once, pulling pullet feathers and being generally rude. . . not to mention, they are also rude to me. Then last evening, i saw the alpha, grab hold of one of the other two cockerel's back of the wing (and i'm pretty sure he had more than just the feathers) with his beak - and was pretty much riding this guy around the coop - with lots of squawking and carrying on, of course - you can imagine! So i broke up the scuffle, and everything was back to normal. But this makes me a little concerned about the alpha. But i really don't know what's normal - or when i should intervene and when i shouldn't. I still haven't seen him be mean to the pullets - except for sometimes being a little possessive about his current scratching area in the run. Other than that, i have seen what i perceive to be good signs. I would love any rooster insight you could share with me .... the big day is coming. I plan to separate the 'campers' in about 10-ish days, and i want to be as sure as i can be about the right pick. Thanks!