I have this most wonderful RIR rooster, Rocky. I love him, love him, love him, because since he was a "teenager," and had to be corrected for pecking me in the knee, i have never had to correct him for anything again. He is everything i think a good free ranging rooster should be. He keeps my hens safe, makes sure they eat, and keeps them all fertile, etc., etc., etc. He is all those things, yet when a little boy who was visiting my house, ignorantly walked up and slapped Rocky hard on the back, he just walked away. He is a wonderful, ideal, virtually perfect, head rooster. I have great respect for him (if it isn't absolutely ridiculous to have respect for a rooster) because he does his job so well, yet is completely submissive to me. Here's my problem: Rocky has bumblefoot - on both feet. I know where to find the information on how to fix it - that's not my question. My problem is that i'm worried about communicating to him that he has done something wrong. I have rarely ever handled him at all since he was young because i haven't had a reason to and because i didn't want to "humble" him in front of his girls unnecessarily. But now, he is going to have to undergo double bumblefoot surgery, and i am concerned about making him think he's in trouble in some way. As my husband put it, i don't want to "mess up his machismo." So, i'm here to get any advice you want to offer me. I know how to humble a mean rooster; i just don't know how to not screw up a great one.