Roosters protect their flock of hens, especially during their summer and spring mating season, according to Sara Orlowski, an extension poultry management specialist with the University of Arkansas. She added that some rooster breeds can be aggressive.
Orlowski noted that running away from roosters encourages their pursuit.
“In his mind, they’re giving in, so he’s going to claim dominance over them,” she said. “The fact that they’re running away just makes him want to keep chasing them.”
Orlowski, who grew up with chickens and roosters, said she would stand her ground.
“You just kind of try to be bigger than them and not back down,” she said. “If you stand up to them, eventually they’re going to back down.”
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com