My rooster (Zeus) is an 8 month-old Barred Rock that I have raised from a day-old chick. My original flock of 6 was supposed to be Zeus and 5 pullets, but turned out to be Zeus, three other cockerels, and two pullets. When they were 4 weeks old, I purchased 6 more chicks (supposed to be BR's as well, but there was a mix-up and they turned out to be BR crosses called Commercial Blacks...all pullets). When the extra roos reached about 20 weeks old, they became dinner. So now my flock consists of 1 Rooster (Zeus), and 9 pullets (2 BR, 6 Commercial Blacks). Zeus never acted aggressively until about two months ago. He charged my 10 year-old son, wing dipped low. I read a suggestion on how to put a rooster in his place, so I had my son chase and catch Zeus, push him down to the ground, and hold him there until he didn't move when my son released the pressure on his back. I do this technique as well, as does my husband, if Zeus shows any dominant behavior in our presence...including mounting hens right in front of us. Zeus is bad, we dominate, he backs down, everything's hunky dory...for usually a week. Zeus' acts of dominance and aggression are becoming more frequent. He went after my younger son (who is 8 years old) a few weeks ago and drew blood on his leg from his beak. We reacted the same as always, pushing Zeus down until he submitted. Zeus never went after me, nor did he ever go after my husband. Then last week, I was walking in my yard near the flock (they were out of the run for free-ranging time) and Zeus came up behind me and got me with his feet...like he jumped up and threw his feet in front of him to hit my lets. Didn't hurt or anything, but I wasn't a happy mama. I ran him down, pushed him to the ground until he submitted. Then I picked him up, sat in a chair, and made him sit in my lap for about 5 minutes. He finally "unfroze" and jumped down. The day before yesterday I was giving them their treat for the day (rolled oats), calling "chick chick chick" like I always do to get them to come for it. I was walking to the spot where I sprinkle it on the ground, the flock jogging behind me, when I felt a hard pinch on the back of my leg. I turned and Zeus was in an aggressive stance, and charged me again, trying to bite my leg. This time I didn't grab and push...he felt what it was like to have a foot up his butt. He came at me again yesterday. I'm stumped. I've put him in his place and he has submitted every time. I have no problems with him after these attacks for the rest of the day. It's like he forgot he got put in his place. He keeps attacking and challenging. I have heard that there are some roosters you can never break from aggressiveness. I have been hoping this is not the case with Zeus...but I'm starting to wonder. Does this mean he is one of those roosters that is best just eaten for dinner? Or do you think it has to do with him still being young...only 8 months old? What should I do? Is there another way to put him in his place so that he will stop attacking me and my children? If I don't break him of this bad habit soon, he WILL be dinner...I will NOT have an aggressive rooster around my boys. Thanks in advance!