Does anyone have success getting roosters to behave around their young children? Last year's roosters were aggressive to my then-1-year-old. My new roosters were Buckeyes, deliberately chosen for their mild manner and lack of aggression (the breeder has young grandchildren, his daughter is a friend of mine, his hens are exceptionally tame, I have no reason to think he was lying). I have 2 Buckeye roosters and 7 Buckeye pullets (all about 9 months old) and 6 older Barnevelder hens. Toward me, the roosters have been hard to figure out. They tend to not get out of my way, and stand sideways to me, but they have never done anything overtly aggressive. I haven't been able to figure out if they are trying to show dominance or they just aren't smart enough to get out of the way. I am ALWAYS tripping over the Buckeye pullets, so just being too dumb to move is a possibility for the roosters. I keep an eye on them and have never had trouble. The coop is large - approx 15x20 feet, so plenty of space for 15 birds. The weather has warmed up, so I started bringing my now 2-year-old daughter along for chores. She loves collecting eggs and feeding the chickens. Sunday there was a minor incident where the rooster was near her and flapping his wings, but I didn't see what happened so could not judge if he was trying to be aggressive or she just wandered too close to him and he was trying to get out of the way. Yesterday there was no incident at all. Today I saw it, she was standing just inside the door while I was standing beside her, closing the door, and he was flying at her, trying to attack her (fortunately his spurs haven't developed yet). I am at a loss what to do. I certainly can make rooster soup, but I do like the idea of having roosters. The chickens have a coop and fenced in yard, and my kids only go in with the chickens when I am with them. However, I would like them to be able to help with chores without me standing guard against the rooster the whole time. Surely other people have roosters and small children. How do you make it work? This is the second rooster we have had trouble with, completely unrelated to last year's rooster. Is it something in my setup with the birds that makes the roosters aggressive?