Hi all, I am new to this forum and need some help with my pet rooster. He is a big (very big) 3 year old leghorn cross something that I got as a 3 month old cockeral as he was going to be someone's dinner. He was very aggressive when I first got him and we worked through this, and he ended up becoming my buddy, and very cuddly. In the last year he has become mean again, but much, much worse. He also has spurs now. He had to be taken away from the hens as he was so rough and mean with them and would not allow me in the coop!! He is now cooped alone and away from them for their safety and mine, but his behaviour is no better. He wants me dead. I cannot feed or water him without being attacked - he bites and spurs me. He has drawn blood on many occasions, and my legs are all bruised. It really hurts!! If I free range him during the day he will charge out of nowhere and attack me. I have tried picking him up (which I do anyway, once I have a hold of him he is a sook and I kiss and cuddle him and he is fine) as soon as I put him down he goes me again. I have tried hosing him when he runs at me (made him worse) chasing him with a towel, booting him, nothing worked. I tried letting him attack me and then picking him up (ouch!!) no change. In desperation I even tried herbs - chaste tree berry and chamomile - no change He wing dances at me and my husband, in fact everyone, and flings himself against the mesh of his coop if he cannot attack us physically. I am really over being covered in big bruises and cuts! But for some weird, sick reason I am really attached to this chook, and still love him. What can I do? Should I off him? My avian vet suggested a hormone implant to calm his behaviour, has anyone tried this? I know it would make him a bit of a 'she-male' but at least he would be alive and I would not be getting ripped to shreds. WOuld you try this or not? Any suggestions gratefully received. My lovely hens would never dream of hurting me!! ETA pic of the boy below - taken during safer and happier times just to add - I took in another rooster that needed a home for a short time, he ended up in the pot as he attacked the girls. He has been gone for some time now. My roo's behaviour got worse after that - could he be angry with me for getting another roo and still not have forgiven me?