Someone gave me a rooster about two weeks ago. It was sort of a rescue situation since they guy was keeping him in a very small cage behind his shop. I didn't need a rooster and wasn't looking for one, but here he is just the same. The guy told me his wings had been clipped, that he couldn't fly, or even jump on a perch. He also told me that he *thought* the person he got him from used the rooster as a sort of sparring partner for other fighting roosters. Also said he thought he was pretty old, six years or so. I felt sorry for the little thing and decided to bring him home so he could roam free in peace and quite. When I got him home, I left him in the box while I fixed the gate on the chicken pen. When I opened the box *POOF* he jumped right out of it just fine. About an hour later, I see him perched up on the barn door, and an hour later, he had flown out of the pen. Since Mr. Rooster CAN fly, I left the gate open. About the flogging.............. The first time was when I was cleaning up the pen for him. I was covered up and had on boots and gloves. When I saw what he was about to do, I just put up my hands and swatted him down. When he tried it again, I went after him, getting him cornered, then picking him up and holding him for a few minutes, thinking he would realize I wasn't his enemy. That didn't work. While working out in the yard the following week, he was okay most of the time, but if I got close and turned my back he came after me. So, I decided a different strategy was needed. I started scolding him like I would a dog, pointing my finger at him and yelling "NO! Don't do that!" until he took a step back and settled down, which he eventually did. When he did look like he was not going to back down I went after him, shooing him, pointing my finger, and ordering him to get back in his house... and he did, then left me alone. Sometimes, I'll just point my finger at him and order him to "eat your bugs and mind your own business!!" The problem is, I'm not always in the yard dressed for yard work with long sleeves, jeans, boots, and gloves. When I'm not, I think he can sense my fear and doesn't back down like he does the other times... and I am afraid when I'm not protected because the one time he got me good - putting a good sized knot and bruise on the back of my hand and almost broke the skin on my forearm - packed a helluva punch for a little guy!!! Other than putting him in a pot, like most everyone on Youtube recommends, is there a better way to make him stop flogging me?? Btw, he and the dog don't have a problem at all. It's just me. Would he calm down if he had other poultry company, or would that just make him worse and even more protective?? I don't want to sacrifice some poor little chicken to save my neck either. I'd like to keep him. I like the crowing and especially the fact that he's a bug-eater. Any advice?