Ok, so I have this 6 month old rooster who is the oldest rooster ( I have two 9 week old roosters whom the older one has ignored so far) in a flock of 25 chickens total. He seem almost fully mature, he mates with most of the other 6 month old chickens, he crows, he is the leader when they are free ranging, etc etc. In the last 2 days, he has begun to get aggressive toward me. I've read the numerous other threads about how to deal with an aggressive roo, and I want to try the technique of picking him up and carrying him around when he is aggressive so that he understands I am not another rooster. The problem is that he is usually aggressive when the chickens and I are in the middle of a large open field --about one acre ( you have to walk through this open space to get to the coop, barn, etc--essentially the space is an open barnyard). He will approach me in an aggressive manner, try to spur me, but when i try to pick him up, he will retreat about 10 feet away. If i follow him to try to pick him up, he will continue to retreat.... If I continue this , it will end up with me chasing him over the field until i can corner him against the coop fence, or side of the barn. This might take 6 or 8 trys to catch him. Then I can pick him up... MY question--Help me think like a rooster: Since I can't pick him up right away ( when it comes right down to it, it seems he is unsure about really attacking me since he backs down and retreats so quickly), would a rooster perceive ME as being aggressive since I would have to chase him across a field to pick him up? I don't want to "up the ante" and get into a battle of wills with a rooster! I know he is just doing what comes naturally to him--I don't have any hard feelings toward him, of course! The next time he is aggressive, should I push the issue and not stop pursuing him until I can pick him up? Like I said, he does retreat after the first attack--is it important in "Rooster culture" that he be totally "defeated" by being picked up and carried around? I also don't want to teach him to be more sneaky when he is launching his first attack, either... Let me say, I am not afraid of him--I am a fully grown adult, and wear long pants and gloves during all of this, so I am not afraid of picking him up if that would help. After the most recent attack, I did not chase him until I caught him,I just advanced upon him 2 or3 times and he continued to moved out of my way as I fed the other birds, etc etc. So, I'd appreciate any advice or comments.... thanks!