I have an EE rooster that is just over a year old. We've established a mutual respect, and he has never been aggressive towards me (I also bring the food). The rooster often aggressive towards my husband. His "attacks" are not serious, by which I mean the rooster just chest-bumps his leg a few times. My husband does not feel at all threatened, and basically ignores him. I think the reason DH is attacked, is that he is often there to catch a hen that got outside the fence, or something like that, and the rooster comes to the protection of his hens. Right now, I have 7 roosters that are 8 weeks old (in a separate pen with hens of the same age), so I have an opportunity to replace the EE rooster. The young roosters are all olive-egger mixes. Reasons for wanting to get rid of the EE rooster: 1. I worry that the mild aggression he is showing will escalate. 2. The rooster does not appear to be very fertile (2 of 30 eggs developed). Reasons for keeping the EE rooster: 1. He is generally speaking, fairly gentle (assuming he doesn't change). 2. He is very pretty and we like him, the hens are used to him, etc. 3. I am worried that the young roosters will turn out to be more aggressive, - either with us or the hens. How old does a young rooster need to be before you can really judge his character? None of my birds are handled a lot. What would you do? I have until fall to decide, and then all excess roosters head to freezer camp. Is the mild aggression towards my DH a sign of worse things to come, or normal rooster behavior? I appreciate any rooster insight! Thanks.