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I have to highly disagree on the response to the chicken breed question Brian Moyer answered. I have two — count them: two — roosters who are very nice (they live in the same yard and bed down in the same hen house). I have met mean roosters, yes, but you have to know which breed to buy (most heavy breeds are good) and, yes, there is an exception to every breed. I have a Cochin roo (a breed of rooster I highly recommend, very laid back and sweet). I also have a Buff Orpington rooster. I have owned many nice roosters in my lifetime and I am only 30. The response Brian gave is false of all roosters, in my experience. I hope you get more comments like mine from happy rooster owners. Roosters are also good for keeping your hens safe from flying predators.

Cathy Steck,