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Re: Baby chics update...

I've had several roosters, and he was the only one who attacked without provocation. We had a Silver-spangled Hamburg that we also befriended when young, and a Wyandotte. The Hamburg would threaten when I'd reach under a hen for an egg and she'd scream. The only time he gored me was when I was moving one of his women to a different coop and she was kicking and screaming. He was doing his job. I don't blame him.

The Wyandotte was just a sweetie.

Oscar was just plain mean. He'd attack any time your back was turned. I had to keep a broom with me to gather eggs or fill their feeders.

Oscar took a particular dislike for my sister-in-law and would start acting up and threatening if she even went out onto the deck. I don't think she ever had more than a passing acquaintance with him. Certainly no contact other than giving him feed and water once or twice, and never when he was young.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2007 11:52 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Baby chics update...

When you raise sheep, you do not make pets of the ram lambs even though
they are the friendliest when young. They lose all fear of you and when
their instincts as rams kick in they have no hesitation in attacking you
in defense of their territory and mates. Works the same way with
roosters (most livestock, for that matter) although roosters are a lot
less dangerous.


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