(Please forgive my poor internet skills.) I haven't had chickens since I had 5 as pets back 50+ years ago. They were nice chickens. I have 4 hens now (plus 7 chickens I'm housing for a friend in a separate area). My rooster was - does vicious sound right? (My friends roosters are pleasant enough.) So - one of my hens has decided she should take the place of the now absent rooster. She bites. For real! Jumps up and pecks - and that beak can hurt. How do I deal with her and/or how will I survive when summer comes back and I'm not wearing heavy clothes? They are barred rock hens. I'm confused by the "New Member Introductions". Is this a new thread or was I to introduce myself? Early dreamer -> late bloomer, life got in the way.