He's a gorgeous thing, a huge, proud Australorp, shiny as an oil slick. He takes care of the girls, making masculine chucking sounds when he finds a treat, warning them loudly when he detects a threat, even breaking up squabbles between the girls. Considering I never wanted a Rooster to begin with, he's been a lovely surprise, and not the least bit aggressive, until lately. Recently, out of the blue (he's 10-months old now), our teenage daughter was taking an egg from the nest-door at the back of the coop and he lunged at her. She side-stepped and walked out of the coop while he stalked her heels. The remainder of the day passed without incident. The next day, when I was letting him out to free-range, he side stepped toward me and lunged, leaving a bloody scratch on my ankle. I happened to have a rake in my hand and I batted him with the back of it. He strutted away and that was that. Today, I was simply walking down our barn road where our chickens were free ranging in the low shrubbery on both sides, and Sampson burst out of the bushes and came straight at me. I yelled and put my foot out, but he just kept coming, so I kicked him in the chest. It didn't seem to phase him. I didn't know what to do, so I shrugged out of my sweatshirt, threw it over his head, and lunged for the rake that I'd left leaning against his run. Once I had the rake he stopped coming at me and went back to scratching. I've never had a cockerel/rooster before, never wanted one until Sampson, and I'm wondering if there's something I can do to stop him from attempting to dominate my daughter and I. It's his posture that's threatening; if he wasn't so big it might not feel as intimidating. Is there anything I can do to manage his behavior? I'm not going to kill him but I will rehome him if that's what I need to do, realizing of course that he may end up in another person's stew pot. Any ideas?