And please spare me the "eat him" suggestions. Seriously. Darrell is a very handsome five-month old Black Cochin cockerel. I hand raised him with five other chicks and they all got plenty of attention, handling, and lap time. However, as soon as Darrell began showing signs of being a "he" instead of the "she" I was led to believe, he almost overnight became hysterically afraid of me. Darrell isn't in the least bit aggressive or mean. He's the flip side of being a "mean roo". He is segregated in the rooster pen with two other boys, and all three get along extremely well. The girls are all in a pen adjacent so they can commune, but not physically interact. When I come around, Darrell flees, even if I simply walk by. Darrell sulks and glowers at me. If I reach for him, he panics and goes berserk, jumping over stuff, running blindly in any direction, once mistakenly jumping right into my arms. If I manage to catch him, he goes into instant, screeching meltdown, legs kicking, wings flapping, and neck feathers sticking straight out. I've tried everything - bribing him with treats, talking calmly to him, extended holding, being firm and showing him I'm boss, humiliating him by pressing him to the ground and making him stay still, putting him on his back and rubbing his tummy, stretching his legs out straight and then letting go but staying there with him, then getting up and leaving him there. He remains there for a little bit, then gets up and walks off. But if I try to pick him up again, it's melt-down all over again. I realize Darrell's hormones are making him crazy, but I have never heard about anyone having this kind of problem with their roo. I understand how to deal with a mean rooster - I successfully rehabilitated my two-year old SLW roo Stan, but I'm at a loss with Darrell. Has anyone ever successfully dealt with a rooster that is this crazy with fear? Please tell me how you did it!