I've tried searching for it - but I guess it's either too vague or too detailed when I type it in. I'm sure this question is answered somewhere. Could anyone make any suggestions or post links? We have about 17 pullets at the moment. The New Hampshire Red pullet named Oprah turned out to be a roo, now named Opie. Opie began to crow a couple weeks ago. It was a raspy thing that he's now almost perfected. About a week or so before that, he began to mate with the others. It's not a nice looking thing. The hens look like they're being jumped. I suppose he needs practice. Now, he likes to boss the others around when I'm there. Occasionally he mates with them. When I try to open the tractor door, he comes at me and fluffs up. When I go into the enclosed part of the tractor (their coop area) he gets even bigger and kind of opens his wings. He makes noises and does the rooster shuffle. He has also tried pecking at me. I have no tolerance for his behavior. I don't want him to eventually hurt anyone. I have been taking his neck/head and pushing him to the ground and holding him there - much like how he would mate a female. I like to make sure his ladies are watching when I do this and that he knows that they are watching. When he got nasty yesterday, I picked him up and carried him under my arm while I watered the other animals, etc. He was obviously dejected. As soon as I pulled him away from his girls, his demeanor changed. I'm going to try to play "boss" for the next couple weeks to see what happens. If there is no improvement - he will be eaten. Period. So back to my original question: What breed of chicken makes the nicest rooster? I would like to have a roo around.