Hey there! I have six hens, all almost 6 months old, and no rooster. The RIR has been a feisty, dominant hen since the day I brought them home, but she is not the one giving me trouble. I've been outside a ton lately doing yard work, and always have my 21 month old son running around with me. One of the barred rocks started pecking at him a few weeks ago, and I just figured it was because he is the one that usually brings 'treats' to them. In the past few days she has gotten very aggressive, chasing him faster than he can run and trying to peck him harder. He just freezes up and starts crying, and I chase her off. I live in central Minnesota, so it's been chilly a while already, and so the hens have not begun laying. So it seems perhaps she is broody, but why only the aggression towards the toddler, and not me? And how might I deal with this since it's not me she has a problem with? The little guy cans hold her and walk around petting her like I've seen suggested.