This may be a strange question, but how acute is a chicken's sense of smell? My rooster HATES my husband. He'll hear his voice or see him from a distance, and RUN until he gets close enough to attack him. Husband usually boots him, which I don't like one bit. This is the only person Prince does this with. Not other men, just the spouse (though he seems to dislike my husband's brother as well). He's usually very gentle with the rest of us. But... whenever I wear anything belonging to the spouse, the rooster gets aggressive with me. I'd forgotten this, because all summer long, I've been cleaning the coop and caring for the birds in flipflops or my sneakers and shorts. A few days ago, it was chilly out, and I made the mistake of putting on my husband's sneakers, and that bird went NUTS on me. He kept attacking the shoes, then flogging me. I couldn't keep him off of me. Even after picking him up and carrying him around, then putting him back down, he still attacked me. I scooped him up and laid him on his back in my arms, then put him down. He jumped me. I tossed him halfway across the coop and locked him out while I worked, but by then I was bleeding from a couple of nasty slashes to the calves. After a few hours (and a shower), I went back out there in my flipflops, expecting a showdown. He was sweet as pie. I think he smells the man of the house on the shoes (or jacket), and thinks I'm him. Can they really smell that well? Or is my rooster just psychotic?