Originally Posted by kherokee
Thank you for the welcome! I'm honestly surprised sometimes with how popular silkies are. I do love that fluff but they're a pain! I always wondered if I raised them wrong since my NN roo is so sweet. Heisenberg sounds so cute oh my gosh! What a little baby If you're an attacker the stew pot is always open but that sounds like a nice, loving life up to the end - and loved afterwards!
Haha funny! and welcome.
I think it's the fuzziness that makes them so popular and also the reason so many people give them considerable leeway as for their bad temperaments.... a nasty silkie rooster are so often described as "very protective of his girls" while a RIR of the exact same attitude don't get that "defense" so much.. actually RIR have something of a reputation for very mean roosters.
Aggression IS genetic, however environment plays a part. For example, a cockerel with mild genetic tendency for aggression is more likely not to attack people if raised hands off or raised by mother hen in a mixed flock.. while this exact same rooster could become very aggressive with people if hand-raised to be very tame. That's why there's so so so much variety of opinions on aggressive roosters, how to raise them and especially on how to handle rooster attacks. So many miss out on the fact the rooster aggression comes on a spectrum of sorts.
Anyways I also suspect with silkie bad behavior being excused so often, more of them get to breed and pass on their aggressive genetics.. and people continue to make excuses for the little fuzzies and so on...
Another probable factor is their black skin and meat, way too many Americans just won't even try tasting it.. so the cockerels aren't being butchered out of the gene pool...
by the way my worst chicken bites were from silkies. I used to work on a showgirl project, using excellent show stock silkies- the super round puff balls. Pretty nice to look at and pet... but there were several birds that would make me bleed every time they were picked up.... one rooster in particular gouged bits of my skin like it was butter. He also liked to bite on and twist really good.
Edited by Kev - 12/4/15 at 5:18pm