Our Marans rooster has been hand fed and carried around by my toddler from a little chick. He has always been very tame. He's been mating and dancing with the girls for 2-3 weeks now and never shown any aggression towards us, until this morning. My 3 year old was playing outside and the hens ran up to her to beg for treats. She was just standing there when the rooster ran up and started flogging her! She ran and he chased her and kept attacking. I had to kick him hard several times to get him off of her. She was only wearing a t-shirt and rubber boots, so her bare bum and legs and arms got some bloody gashes. The last rooster we had also started flogging her, and we immediately rehomed him. But he was always very aloof, even as a chick, so I wasn't surprised. But the Marans roo has always been so tame. I guess hormones are making him crazy. I know he's just trying to protect his flock. What would you do? We're getting ready to move to the country, where there are more predators. I want a rooster that will keep his girls safe from threats. But I don't want my daughter to be afraid of her pet hens or afraid to play in her own yard. Should I get rid of him? We have three other roos of the same breed and age, I know one of them would step up to head roo position. Maybe one of them wouldn't be a flogging roo? But we didn't carry those roosters around as chicks like we did with the flogger...they aren't nearly as tame. If I get her to work up the courage to give the rooster some good kicks with her boots any time he comes near her, do you think that would teach him who is boss?