I love watching the chickens. Recently I put my BR rooster in his own coop and run with five new girls. He is quite proud of them and it has been fun watching the flock come together. The rooster has become quite the man lately. When I come around the corner of the house he starts chattering to let the girls know I am coming....usually with treats. I give the treats....from greens to yogurt to BOSS and now that it is getting colder I sometimes give scratch. Then I go around and slip in the coop and gather eggs. I have always kept a broom out there and carry it in with me....useless broom really as all the bristles are shot. I had not noticed that Ethel was not in the run.....opened the door and saw her on the nest and started to back out. The roo came after me. I took the broom, just in time and lifted him slightly off the ground and 'displaced' him a bit. He came right back at me so I did it again....this time with a little more force. I don't want to hurt him but I do want him to know he won't get away with it. I turned slightly to shut the people door and could see him out of the corner of my eye coming at me. I barely got the broom under him and lifted him and 'displaced' him a little harder. He then moved himself to the other side of the run and ignored me. I still don't believe I hurt him in any way.....other than his manly feelings. I have no problem with him protecting his girls. And that was what this was. Ethel was on the nest and he did not want me bothering her. Understandable really and kind of stupid of me not to notice before I went in. I am not cooking him because I like him. However, I will not stand there and allow him to come after me. I will in the future make sure all the hens are in the run before I try to gather eggs. I don't like a mean rooster any better than anyone else. I do want my rooster to be protective of the girls. And I will make sure that I look and see the situation before trying to go into the coop again. I did by the way. I went back in a couple of hours and took treats.....put them out by the gate.....I can open it and go in and give treats and there are no problems with that. Then I went around to the other gate and slipped in and gathered the eggs. The rooster knew I was in and looked at me and turned away. I believe that what happened today was normal rooster behavior. A hen was in her place in the coop laying an egg and he did not want her bothered. From the beginning when I put the hens in he has been there with them or going back and forth checking on them when they are on the nest. After they come out he is looking for treats for them. This is a rooster that has not be aggressive towards me before. It will be interesting to see over the next few weeks how he acts. He is at the age to get aggressive if he is going to. But I blame myself here for not paying attention. We only free range our birds in the vegetable garden. We take turns letting the different groups out so they all have the opportunity to get out there. When they are out I never lose sight of the rooster and where he is in the group. I have not had a problem with him yet. Again, it will be interesting the next time they are let out. I won't be without my broom. AND.....another reason to keep your kids and grandkids out of the run.....you just never know. If that had been my grandaughter she would not have known what to do. And I am not scared of him but I won't turn my back on him again. I am glad I was able to handle the situation without anger or fear. After I left and went around to the other gate I stopped like I always do and visited with the chickens for a few minutes. He was not any different than he ever was. I had some treats left and put some more in the run. No aggression then either. Once the roosters started breeding the hens I stopped going in and petting my hens. The other coop I do not allow the rooster to come in while I am in there putting out feed or gathering eggs. I have a piece of tin I can put over the pop door from the inside if needed. There have been many times I have used the broom to guide the rooster out into the run. I usually throw feed out the pop door after so they have something to distract them. They are animals and they do have their behaviors. I know there are reasons for them.....I just have to pay attention and learn the language.