Hi guys, I'm wondering if I can get some help with my rooster.... A little history: barred rock 7 moth old rooster housed with 12 hens (3 barred rock, 3 rhode island red, 3 Ameracauna, 3 golden comet). Handled daily from very small chicks. I realized quickly he was a roo and not a hen and made sure to hold him everyday. Now at maturity he became a little aggressive, he would randomly give me a hard peck (usually didn't draw blood) on my leg from behind and run away when I turned around. Since that started happening I've tried handling him more and hand feeding him. I've also spent a lot of time outside with them while they free range offering seeds and talking to them. So the pecking of my leg stopped. I've noticed when he shows signs of being threatened if I just stand perfectly still and talk to him in a calm voice he relaxes (usually only takes a min or two). I also had a bad habit of standing with my hands on my hips which I believe he interpreted as a challenge. My issue now is in order to get everyone back into the coop before the evil predators of night can get to them I bring a bucket of their food and call everyone home (they all come running including Mr. big bad roo himself, it's pretty cute). The problem is he has decided that the feed bucket I carry is a threat and will jump up and peck it once hard, then back off. Its enough to scare the hens though and now it's hard for me to fill their food and get them in the coop without everyone getting upset. Things I've tried Different colored buckets: blue, red, orange, a woven basket Different size buckets: 5 gal, and a couple quarts. He really doesn't full on attack I know there is a big difference and it's always precisely located at the bucket. I'm not blocking myself with the bucket while he attacks me. I've never hit him with a bucket or anything like that. I do know that it's violent enough for all the hens to fly out of the coop screeching and flailing Anyone have a similar experience or can suggest anything would greatly be appreciated Thanks!