Through a variety of circumstances we ended up with a little Rooster. He was rescued from a bad situation as a hatchling by a friend. She raised him for a month in her house (with no other chickens). We baby sat him for a month before he was supposed to go to a mutual friend that has chickens (we have no other chickens). During that time it became clear that he was a rooster (not a hen as my friend had assumed), and our mutual friend didn't want a Rooster. Also, we fell in love with this incredibly intelligent, trainable, affectionate bird. He lives in a large cage in our house at night, and goes outside most of the day. He sits in my daughters lap to watch tv in the evenings And I've trained him to run a miniature dog agility course that we made (I have no idea how to upload a video). He is a truly a cherished pet of myself and my two kids (4 and 5 years old). My problem comes with his relationship with my husband... remarkably the rooster (his name is Chickadee) is sweet and and gentle with me and my children. He does his his Rooster mating dance and "talks" to us, but only likes to hump loose shoes. My husband likes to work in his garage when he isn't working and has enjoyed Chickadees company most of the time. But when my husband has had to be gone working for a week or more Chickadee is a real pest when he gets back. He'll run after my husband jumping and "spuring" at him (he doesn't actually have spurs, I dremel his nails and spur buttons once a week) and if my husband squats down he will pinch him with his beak. I'm assuming that the reason Chickadee doesn't go after myself or my kids is that we are constantly handling him. On the rare occasion he does try and pinch me after a mating dance I'll pinch the feathers on the back of his neck and hold him down (with my hand on his back) until he settles down. This seems to do the trick to knock him down a few notches with me, but it doesn't make such an impression when my husband does it. I've seen the posts that suggest "culling" the birds that show this kind of aggression. I've trained dogs for years and I know that most aggression problems are "operator error". He's a very trainable bird, though I'm sure the fact he was hand raised without other chickens, and the fact he has no other chickens around now might make him a bit off. Does anyone have any suggestions that my husband could do to help reduce the unwanted behavior? He's not at risk of injury really (Chickadee is not as small as a bantam, but probably half the size of a real rooster about 2.5 pounds we suspect him to be a Black Copper Marran mix) but it certainly doesn't I fear him to the bird! Thanks for any suggestions!