Help! My chickens are suddenly turning mean! Normally I'll go in and they'll gather around me wanting food, sometimes one will follow me clucking softly or try to peck at a bucket or basket in my hand. I have one rooster and he's tried twice to ruffle his feathers at me, but I yelled at him and stomped towards him and he backed down. But today, all of my chickens were trying to attack me! I didn't have food in my hand, they were all just charging me and puffing up/flapping their wings. I yelled at them, ran towards them, swung a shovel at them, and they didnt back down a bit! My 3 year old had to save me! (Seriously, she's fearless of them and loves to chase and catch them, they just ran away from her). What the heck though? They have plenty of food and water. My husband went out and they tried to chase him, but he's a bit more intimidating I guess so they ran away once he tried to chase them. But I was standing there screaming, waving my arms and hitting them with a shovel and they wouldn't stop!