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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hellbender, Dec 27, 2013.
it is NOT a "sport" it is a CRIME.
It is rule 14
I completely agree but I could not say the word of course.
Yeah I have learned Barred Rocks can be nasty.
It is a sport that is also a crime. It would meet both definitions.
Like I said, for 99.999% of America, and the world, it is history. But the breeds are still here, and they have their place among Cochins, Rocks, and Reds, etc. The vast majority that have them now admire the breed and have no interest in what they used to be used for.
The birds themselves are just chickens.
I didn't mean that it is a crime to talk about it. I meant that it is a crime to do or participate in.
My fathers RIR rooster when I was a kid was a man killer, but he was good with the hens and the chicks. He was one of those roosters that helped to raise chicks. I personally will never have one, I'm not going tomake my kids deal with it. Even if it wasn't genetic I'm sure it could be
learned behavior, the chicks see how dad acts....
So... how 'bout them broodies?
Our hatchery Black Langshan hen went broody, hatched out a sizeable clutch, and has happily accepted the fosters I gave her after losing over half her chicks to crows. We're keeping her cooped up now for most of the day with limited time free-ranging when we can watch, at least until the chicks are larger. I like the crows because they chase away the hawks, but I don't think they need chicken nuggets for breakfast.
I think it makes it easier to transition to butchering your own birds if the first one is a snarky rooster. Sounds bad but it's the truth. Our first one was a problem like the one you mentioned - pecking us and grabbing skin and twisting. We did have one that was fine in the beginning but then for no reason turned into a full-out fighter that just would not submit to us being the boss and tried to spur us in the face while we were bent over. It was a relief when we ate him and no longer had to mess with him anymore. He was good with his hens, but had no respect for people and we were not going to live with that forever. Very few of our males are able to live together except while they are still cockerels from the same hatch that are growing out. But that doesn't translate into being people-aggressive. They are just territorial when it comes to other male chickens being in their space. We even have two sons from our worst fighter but they did not get their father's temperament or they would have been dinner a long time ago.
Like pitbulls with feathers - the same traits and the same misconceptions.
A fighting dog who wouldn't let a handler, even a stranger, tend its wounds was a dead dog. They were meant to be naturally submissive to people. Unfortunately that very valuable trait has been lost by careless breeding.