We've been teaching our 7 yr old son to gather eggs, feed the flock and generally become more involved. The girls love him, eat from his hand and he shows no fear. We need him to help us as I am pregnant and can no longer bend over to water, feed and gather eggs. So far so good. Until tonight. He went into the coop and gathered eggs. But our broody Buff started squawking and two of her babies started making a racket. Our RIR Roo came running in, pecked our son once on the head, beat him with his wings and when I shouted "NO PrettyBoy!" he ran out of the coop again. My son turned to look at me, his face covered in poo and I started to laugh. He started to cry. I feel bad that I laughed at him, but his face smeared in poo was too much. Once I explained my laughter, he started to laugh too. Do I reprimand our PrettyBoy for protecting the girls? Up until now, he has never attacked any of us, or shown aggression of any kind. He is an excellent Roo, always getting the girls in and out of the coop, protecting them from predators and protecting the little ones. We have 21 girls and he is our only Roo.