In my flock I have mostly random backyard hens. Our rooster just had an unfortunate run-in with one of our hunting dogs today and we need a new one. What breeds produce good backyard roosters? We were going to replace our rooster anyway because he's lame (which is why he couldn't outrun the dog) but other than that, I really liked him. He was a random backyard mixed breed. He had a nice melodious yet quiet crow and wasn't aggressive at all. Ideally I'd like those traits in my next rooster as well. I want a dual-purpose breed that will produce egg-laying hens and roos that are worth eating. I don't want one who will chase the kids! But needs to be assertive enough not to be too henpecked either. That may have been part of the problem with the roo we just had; he was afraid of the chickens and I think he lamed his leg trying to get away from them. We could never find a break in his leg to repair, and we thought he'd heal up on his own but he never did. What breed will give me the best chances of finding what I want? We have 6 hens; one Speckled Sussex, one that appears to be a Buff Orpington, two Leghorn crosses, one that appears to be a Rhode Island Red, and one black hen of unknown origin.