Ok all. I have a rooster question. My little General (RIR) will be 5 mos. old later this week. As he's been approaching sexual maturity he's displayed some good rooster traits like keeping watch over the hens, calling them over when he's found food, letting the girls eat before he eats, doesn't harrass them to bad to mate, he's even shown protective tendencies over me when he thought the neighbor's chihuahua was going to attack. He's been people friendly.... as far as roosters go anyway. He's not a cuddly lap bird, but seems to like to forage nearby when we're outside. He is quick to come to me, along with the hens, when I go outside with food and will eat from my hand after the hens have. Sometimes when I'm working in the yard, he'll leave the hens to their foraging to come check out what I'm doing, do a little eating nearby, and "chat" to me for a little bit. Its the same sound I've heard him making to the hens when they're out and about foraging and just generally enjoying the day. He's also been a perfect gentleman when they've visited the neighbors. The neighbors btw do encourage the visits lol. All seemed to be going well with him until today. My boyfriend was walking to the backyard when he felt something hit the back of his leg. He looked back and from out of nowhere, there stood the General. He then proceeded to chase my boyfriend around the side of the house. (I know, big mistake to retreat).... Other than this incident, he's never shown noticeable aggressive behavior toward people. As a matter of fact, the other day I picked up my BO hen to check her over. When she left out a displeased squawk he came running around the side of the house all ruffled up and ready for battle. As soon as he saw the cause of her displeasure he immediately put his feathers down, stood there for a second, and started pecking at some scratch that was on the ground. So my question is, were there subtle signs leading up to this that we missed? What cues does a rooster show before they get into more noticeable things like puffing up and attempts at flogging? I'm not naive enough to think this is going to be an isolated incident, and won't tolerate a flogging rooster. But I do want to give him a chance, so I need to know what signs to look for to nip things in the bud before he makes another attempt at flogging.