Meet Kenneth (Ken) ^^^
Ken is either nasty or very protective about his girls. I was standing in the chook pen after filling up their water and I was watching them for awhile. A hen, Lottie, came over for a pat and as I bent down to pat her Ken came racing up. He pushed Lottie out of the way and stood between me and her making this funny noise, I tried to get around him but he would not let me pass and there was no way of getting to the door. I first thought it was sweet that he was protecting his ladies but then he started to circle me, making all these funny noises. He was giving me this look that I have never seen before and looked like he was sizing me up because he was puffing up his feathers and standing tall.
The other day Prissy came over to be picked up and petted, so when I picked up Prissy, Ken can came over and started to attack my foot. So I put Prissy down and Ken stopped, he checked her over and gave her a very hard peck on her back. He always get upset if a hen is out of his sight and when the hen returns he pecks her hard on the back or head. He always makes sure I am not near his girls, it is starting to annoy me because I want to pat and pick up my hens without getting attacked. He is fine if I am not making a move towards them or rounding them up to go back to their coop, its only if I get very close, touch or pick up he gets unhappy.
Is he being nasty or just overprotective? I don't want my girls getting hurt by being pecked because they have walked off on him or because I have touched them.