New to chickens...been reading info on getting a Roo to not be aggressive. I have a BR roo, about 24 weeks. Just figuring out what his job is, and his hens just started laying. Up to now he has just been a larger version of the hens...not too concerned with what I was doing in the run. Recently he attacked me out of nowhere. I figured I did something to startle him or a hen so I wasn't too worried. Now his behavior is different. Anytime I'm in the run he keeps an eye on me. He doesn't do anything aggressive, until I turn my back. Then he is in full attack mode sprint. If I turn around fast enough he puts on the breaks and acts like he is just walking around. Is this normal? Seems very sneaky for an animal with such a small brain. I always have treats for them, and he seems normal if I'm watching him, so I'm guessing he doesn't feel like I'm a predator. I've read where I'm supposed to pick him up, but honestly - I go out to the run before work, in work clothes to check on them. I don't really have time to play chicken wrestling and walk around holding him for 15-30 minutes. This time of year, I'm lucky to get home with enough daylight to do a quick egg check. I could try taming him on weekends, but doing chicken chores in the run is not very convenient when I either have to keep my eye on him, or hold him. Now, everyone is scared go into the run except me and I will have to separate him out if I ever let the hens free range. My options are - live with it, make a separate Rooster Only run, or give him away and try again. Yeah, it does seem like my mind is made up at this point....guess I feel like a quitter. He is a very attractive boy...hate to see him go. Read the "Got Flogged By a Rooster Tonight" post....think he'll have to go. can't have a pet that I can't trust on my back.