I was writing in another thread and it got me thinking. Are chickens like dogs? Let me explain. I have this little(figure of speech ) girl, she's my best friend: Her name is Jeenie and she's a 6 year old beagle mix. The vet said she's probably got either Rottweiler or German Shepard as the other half. Now my question has to do with raising them(both chickens and dogs) Jeenie's mom had nine puppies. I know a guy I used to work with that took one of the puppies too, her name is Sandy. However Sandy's temperament is much different than Jeenie's. Sandy is snappy, aggressive, and quite mean really. I hate to say that but it's true. That said, there couldn't be a more polar opposite when you compare her to Jeenie. Jeenie has got to be the kindest, friendliest, most gentle dog I've ever seen. She could be eating a t-bone steak; If you put your hand down by her, she'll look at you like "please don't take that, I was enjoying it." I really don't even believe the thought of biting someone has ever entered her brain. When I was raising Jeenie, I really tried to instill things like that in her. There was a lot of playing, praising, petting, and just overall good treatment. Jim, the guy who took Sandy really, well, didn't treat her bad, he just fed her, and rarely ever plays with her. As a result I feel she's not as nice. Of course every dog is different, but I really think there's something to the "get back what you put in" sort of treatment philosophy. Now is it the same way with chickens? I was talking about Fluffy, my now departed Dark Brahma hen. I was picking her up and taking her in the house etc since the first day we met. We'd hang out on the lawn with a cob of corn all the time. I'd shuck the kernels off and throw them to her, or make her eat them out of my hand. Eventually she got comfortable enough to hop on my lap and nestle down for a nap. It was cute. That said, a lot of the birds I see folks keeping, Brahmas included are afraid of people. They run or fly when you approach. Could it be a matter of treatment, or is it just differences in individual birds? I'm just interested in what people think.