My favorite rooster has been jumping on my legs when I turn my back. All of the attacks happened when I was bringing food out to the flock and my back was to him. Now, he's waiting on me to walk away. Today, I had my shorts on and got some nasty scratches/bruises where he landed. I brought him in and gave him a good talking to. He sat in the bad rooster cage for a few hours. Once dusk hit, my favorite hen was nowhere to be found. I ran in the garage and got out Don King (yes.. that's his name. yes he is a white crested blue polish and kind of looks like Don). He ran outside and immediately found Happy. She had wandered outside the wooden fence and was hiding behind the trash cans with a neighbor's cat a few feet away. He quickly herded her back inside the garage and came back out to herd my two mottled houdan hens into the garage. He leads those three things around all day.
I know it's weird.. I should be mad at him. I am mad.. but I trust him with my hens. They are my little buddies that keep me company outside. I feel like they can free range in the afternoon only because he is there. He's skittish. He's polish. He's beautiful. He's a handful. He will give his life to protect my hens. At night, I have to chase him into a corner to pick him up. Once held, he is very kind. He melts in my arms. We sit on the swing and just.. exist. It's my place of calm.
Out of 24 chicks I bought in the spring, 20 of them were roosters. I've re-homed most of them. I had some mean roosters. They would just go up and grab the neck of any bird next to them and try to pull the head off. I had others that would peck ME... try to pull skin off of my hand. That I wouldn't take. The jumping on my legs.. I think it's his way of trying to put me lower in the pecking order... that's why it usually happens when I have the food in my hand. Another poster said to not let the rooster eat first when I bring food out to force him lower into the food chain. I can tell you when I shoo him away and let the others eat first, he gives me a stern look. So there is some psychology to that. Like training a dog to behave, I am working with my rooster because I really want to keep him.... but he has never pecked me. Not once. Just the run and jump on the back of my legs. With jeans.. it's just more of an annoyance.
BTW when he got my legs today, I was trying to put an apron on my hen who has lost feathers on her back. She squawked and he didn't like it.