It's my first time with chickens. I've got a mating pair of Black Australorps. For the first month I had them, they were perfectly docile, would follow me around and let me guide them with a staff to where I want them to go. Then one morning, I was out there pulling up a tarp off a couple rows I was covering for the first frost, and the rooster started attacking me, time and again, and would not stop. I kicked him away 7 or 8 times and he just kept coming back for more. Now, every morning, he flies up onto the porch, where typically I would gently guide him back down into the yard before he craps all over the porch. But now, he attacks me every morning, whether or not I have the staff in my hand (which he has usually respected). Help! I think the hen is just about laying age, at least that's what her previous owner said, and she's been showing a couple of the signs (really red comb and waddles, and the squatting behavior). The rooster doesn't seem to know what to do yet, though, as I have not yet seen them mating. I wonder if their coming of age has anything to do with his increase in aggressiveness? Help!