Ok, I hate to say that my rooster attacked me, but he pretty viciously pecked me after I had sat down one of my buff rocks after picking her up. Just came right up and took a shot at me. Not really a big deal but I have a bruise about the size of a dime near my wrist. I understand he is watching out for his girls, but shouldn't I be able to handle any or all of them when I choose? All I could think to do was to yell HEY; I mean how do you punish a chicken? Don't want him thinking this is acceptable behaviour. This is the first time he has shown any aggression towards me. What should I do if and when this happens again? I guess I should mention that they are all about 18 weeks old and coming into maturity. Started getting my first few eggs in the last couple of weeks. He is the only roo with 25 pullets. Thanks for your help.