Hi! Hubby and I are on our second year of keeping chickens. We only bough hens last year, but a neighbors rooster would make it's way over here and there and the hens always seemed very happy them around....they didn't always stay long. So this year we decided to get a cockerel with our chicks we bought this year. There wasn't much of a selection at the time and hubby picked out a RIR Cockerel. I later read they are very aggressive. Anyways, our cockerel ended up having a leg deformity but it didn't really show until about 10 weeks so we were contimplating on putting him down but have been trying to see how things pan out with it. He seems to get around pretty well, goes out to the pasture with the girls, and is able to get to food and water. He is also very very agressive! Not sure if he is trying to compensate for his deformity, but he is just plane nasty and that is another reason we are thinking of putting him down. I have been hoping it is just his hormones adjusting and maybe he will mellow out? He will just latch on the the pullets and hens and not let go for no reason, I am really surprised he has not drawn any blood from them yet, maybe he has, I have also seen him pull feathers as well from them. He is also attacking my husband and I. If we put our hands anywhere near him he thinks it is game on, and even if we are just walking into the coop he will run to attack us, and he has even drawn blood on us. We can easily get away from him with his deformity, but it just isn't cool and we are more concerned for our girls. Plus I can't even stand with my back to the chickens in the coop and not be constantly watching over my shoulder if I here movement. So I thought I would ask for some advice, is this normal for a young cockerel? Will he mellow out? We hate to put him down after all we have been through with him, but he just is not nice!