Ok . . . Hazel was a little more than naughty tonight. Actually, he's been a very good rooster up until a few weeks ago. Since then he started occasionally pecking at my boots when my back is turned, but no other signs of aggression. Tonight, he pecked my at my hand when I went to pet him. Normally, when any of my chickens peck at me I pick them up and hold them for a while until they calm down and (hopefully) realize that I'm not a threat. Tonight, when I picked up Hazel he immediately pecked me in the face . . . bad. Blood, bruise, swelling, you name it. After that one good peck he let me carry him around everywhere I went with no trouble. 0.o This guy has been a very good rooster up until recently. He spent his adolescence sitting on my lap eating saltine crackers and he looks after his girls with the utmost care. I'm not willing to give up on him unless he leaves me no choice. Does anyone have tips on how to work with him to regain his trust? Edit: A few extra notes about Hazel: He's a 10 month-old Ameraucana and his girls are all his age. They all seem to be molting at this point (not sure if that affects behavior).