I just wanted to add my 2 cents on the topic of roosters. For some time now there seems to be the same threads running on roosters. They follows as such. 1. My cockerel that has been so lovable has turned aggressive. 2. How do I change this aggressive behavior? 3. How do I stop this constant crowing! 4. I have small children and can't have an aggressive roo around. Well I hope I don't ruffle anyones feathers here about what I am about to say. For one thing I am not the world's greatest chicken expert and I am not the rooster whisperer lol. These are just my opinions after reading about them and personal observations. I just wanted to say I think everyone here on this boards have been an extremely important to help me further my knowledge on poultry. 1. Your cockerel has become a big boy now and its doing what he was bred to do. A roosters main goal is to breed with his hens, protect them and settle squabbles among the flock. As much as we love to put human traits on our feather friends we must remember they are birds. They are not mammals who learn by observing their parents. Their knowledge is pre-programed. After all how could a hen that was raised in a incubator know how to raise chicks if never learned from a hen. Although chickens do learn by some observation. 2. I don't really know if you can. Has anyone really turned a agressive roo into a docile one. I hear show them who is boss. Well pound for pound a rooster is probably the gutiest little animal around. I have seen them get their clocks clean and only to come for more. The other method I hear is kill them with kindness. Well this don't work cause I have been chest-butted while feeding treats. Who wants to pick up an aggressive 8 lb barred rock roo with those wicked spurs. I honestly believe you have to understand a roo and watch out for them. 3. The only way ya can get them to stop is to get rid of them. Roos crow case closed. I feel this is done to show the flock hey I am here and I am boss. 4. This is the one thing that puzzles me most. Why would anyone have a small child around a rooster. They would not put a small child in with a bull or stallion, what makes it different with a roo? Just because they are small they can't harm anyone? Well a roo can't really judge who is a threat and who is not. Small children have a tendency to yell and scream. A roo sees this as a threat and acts accordingly. I have seen adults scared of a mean roo(me included) so why think a roo is gonna act differently. I love roosters and I think they play a extremely big part of the flock. They breed, protect(alright some are cowards lol) and keep everyone together. I wish there was a docile roo that would do all these things. Maybe someone will breed on someday.