I'm not sure what's going on here except maybe just raging hormones but George shocked me today. I have all Orpingtons. I have a hen with three 3week old chicks, two 1 year old hens that were raised with her, and two hens that were raised with my roo, George. George and his girls are around 5 1/2 months old. Yeah, he's at "that" stage. But he's been really sweet though he does rough up one of "his" girls just a little every day trying to play house. The older girls don't take him seriously of course and peck his butt if he gets too close. He's not aggressive to people at all and has always been pretty much a gentleman except to his favorite "sister" whom he still doesn't treat overly rough. Today he just went nuts. He attacked the babies. I think he is just SO frustrated (his "girls" aren't laying yet and aren't cooperative with his efforts) but to attack the babies! He ran them into the coop and Mom, who is above him in pecking order, couldn't stop him and SCREAMED. I saw the last part of the attack, heard her scream, and ran out there with a stick and got his butt gone fast, spanking him some in the process (but not HARD - he got the message though). None of the babies were hurt but I'm still trying to figure out exactly what he was trying to accomplish here. Any thoughts? And I know this sounds like a stupid question but you think I should just separate either him or Mom for a while? If it's just hormonal rage and won't be something he'll repeat I'd hate to make soup of him though given his size and age, he'd make a really great meal. As I said, he's always been pretty much a gentleman and now, a couple hours later, is again being a gentleman though he isn't following me around now like he does a lot.