We swore we would never keep roo's again after bad experiences. Buuutttt...my hen hatched 3 chicks and 1 is a boy. He is exactly 6 months old today. So far so good. He's not crowing yet, nor mounting the girls. He stays away from us, showing no interest even if we pick up a hen and she squawks like crazy. Im wondering if the fact that he is growing up with older hens that don't take his crap, is making a difference in his behavior? The older girls let him know that he's lower in pecking order. For the longest time, I thought he was an ugly cockerel. Not as beautifully colored as most roo's. But today, I realized he's actually quite pretty. His father is a phoenix, no idea on a mama. His tail is amazing! Long and flowing, and he's got a gorgeous "mane" around his neck that Id love to run my fingers thru. Anyhow, here are some photos of him.