That is the question. I have a couple nearly 2 wk old BSL cockerels I need to decide how to raise now. I've been doing some poking around here and some people say to get respect from a rooster you shouldn't coddle them when they're young. Some say this is how to tame a roo. I was thinking somewhere in the middle. Holding and head rubbing now while they're itty bitty but once they're out of the brooder back off. Maybe it's not logical to think I can have my cake and eat it, too. I've had good roosters before. A RIR and a Barred Rock, both wonderful. The BR I raised, the RIR I got fully grown but he was a good boy too. Good thing I never had cause to get a hold of either of them. The BR was not held much, just given treats a lot and treated kindly. If I need my roo to be fearful of me to be respected (not attacked) then so be it. I can handle him off the roost at nighttime if need be. It would just be nice if fear didn't HAVE to be part of the equation. What if I had to get a hold of him now, for whatever reason? I can see myself chasing him with a fishnet, winded as all get out. And still to no avail. I don't need to bond and cuddle. I just want to make things easier in the future. I'm rambling. :/ Anybody with experience, please share. Thanks.