From the beginning, when the little bundles of fluff arrived home, they received kisses and hugs. It makes them tame chickens. When we figured out that Louisa was now Henry Higgins, he got doubled the kisses. I have heard the horror stories of roosters. I wanted a nice rooster. He now runs from me yelling, “Noooo, mooommm! No kisses!” But, at least so far, he hasn’t shown a lick of aggression and doesn’t want to attack us. Which, considering his size and the talons on that dude, I’m glad! I am afraid though, that Henry has become quite the perv as of late. He prefers the younger sect, as the older girls give him a good glare and tell him what he can do with himself. The younger girls don’t stand a chance against his charms. He is a good looking guy. But, he is the abusive boyfriend none of them ever wanted. There are no abuse hotlines for chickens. They seem to be living with it. (And perhaps we will have baby chicks running about next Spring!)
Not all of us are so lucky. My friend got a rooster that was a scary son of a gun. He would charge them, talons blazing, ready to take them down just because they were outdoors. She’d had enough. With her gun on the counter at the ready, she stalked him waiting for him to shed the company of the others and come out alone. He never saw it coming. While cradling her cell phone on her shoulder while talking to her mother, she took aim and fired. Her mother (who lives in a city in California and probably not used to gunfire by telephone) exclaimed, “What was that?! Was that a gun shot??” I can imagine my friend blowing off the end of the gun, one shot. “I just killed my rooster,” she replied calmly.
I can see how if Henry came running at us every time we tried to use the back yard ready to maim us, that I would be about ready for my first chicken dinner in 25 plus years. But, luckily, so far, he is a sweet, (though with a one track mind) adolescent boy.