We have a 5.5 month old rooster. He just recently started crowing and mounting some ladies. He and one of our girls live in one coop, the ither 4 hens and a rooster live in abother coop, they share a whole yard. No fighting occurs, but we will be culling one so the girls dont get overmated. Anyway, this new rooster, i protected them and i have always made sure they got their own little area of food while the pecking order was reseting itself, and he is sort of my friend. He has always let me pick him up and always comes to me to say hi. He pecked me once, when i had dirt on my hand that he pecked off. Lately he has been coming at me sideways. His wing doesn't appear to be dipped at all, and he comes to me sideways and stays right by me, and i've been scooping him up and petting him and he settles right in. I put him down, he comes back. I read that this sideways thing is a show of dominance, but he doesn't seem to be trying to dominate me..... would he let me pick him up and pet him, and keep coming back, if he was trying to dominate me? It matters, because if he believes he can out-roo both me and the other rooster who is twice his size and a year older, it might change my culling deciions.