I have four chickens that are about 6 months old. Three are buff orps and one is a RIR. Even though the RIR is the tiniest, she matured the fastest and started laying, tiny, eggs 3 weeks ago. Now she's getting too big for her britches! She is the only one that lets me touch her anymore. As chicks they would hop all over me and loved perching on my shoulder and head. Now Hawk is the only one I can get near. She does the stompy, submissive squat and let's me pick her up without protesting. The last couple of weeks I have noticed she gets defensive when I reach out my hand to try and pet any of the other chickens. I was regularly testing to see if I could elicit a sub squat from the blondies but I have given up on them till spring. Anyway, I thought she was just being a bossy hen and trying to keep what she thought of as the roo (me) all to herself. That changed today when she charged bit, and then twisted my skin in her beak. Twat. So I grabbed her by the beak and shook it. I was so surprised and it was the first thing that came to mind. I let go and let my arm hang in reaching distance of her but didn't actively advance on her or the other chickens. She went cujo on me again so I grabbed her and flipped upside down and just cradled herin my arm for a few minutes. When I put her down she did it AGAIN so I jabbed her in a pecking type way and then charged her. That got her to back off but for crying out loud. The other three already won't have anything to do with me unless Hawk really proves to them it's safe. Now they're all going to hate me!