Thank you Ivie. He can be tough if he wants to be. The color I think helps with the preds too. I love that he's eye candy for me. Red with the green tail. Classic barnyard. But I think the aerial preds don't quite know what to think of him. He's very unnatural to them. The size is helpful too. The two main sickle tail feathers V'ed out and waving in the wind. He looks a fright I think. Everything about his design/coloring is a warning--it gives pause. I love that about him. Love those roos.
More thoughts with Bogtown chick. Theory: Roosters are sharp colored and beautiful for attracting hens, but can it also be for predator protection? Like a dart frog or a Monarch butterfly. Beautiful but gives warning...?