We started raising a small flock of chickens and got a straight run of chicks from Murray McMurray last October. So, a bunch of cockerels. We want to keep one of our roosters to a) provide some protection/alert for the hens (we have hawks in our area) and b) have a few more chicks/hens (with an emphasis on eventual egg production). In essence, we want to pick a rooster that will look out for the hens, not get ornery with us, and have babies that are more likely to have babies that will have more eggs. We have three front-runner cockerels. One is a barred rock (not pictured), and the two below. I suspect 'Big Guy' (the red/orange one) is a New Hampshire Red but am unsure. We call the whiter one, unimaginatively, 'Leghorn' but I don't think he is a Leghorn. These pictures are a few weeks old but they are all about 14 weeks now. Currently, Big Guy does the best job looking out for the flock, I've seen him call over hens and let them eat food/worms and what not...and he seems to be the most alert. I'd like him the best but am unsure if he really is from a good egg production breed or not and/or if he is simply developing faster than the others or just more in charge. The Barred Rock is the second most protective of the flock and will call out alarms...but I haven't seen him do much more than that. I'm mostly curious about Leghorn, what breed he is...but, honestly, he seems a bit more like a bully to the other chickens. Maybe he currently isn't just high ranking and just frustrated. Any thoughts on what we are looking for in an eventual rooster?