Hey y'all -- Some of you may have read of my chicken massacre yesterday. However, I still have three young bantam cochin chicks, and I thought I would share a small funny story from this morning. The bantam cochins are about 10 weeks old. There are two pullets and one cockerel. I have been sitting with them every day, but I haven't been handling them. Today I decided I had better start handling them, so first I caught the cockerel. He accepted it well enough, and ate a couple of mealworms out of my hand. Then I picked up the larger pullet, who didn't appreciate it but was calm enough to eat a mealworm off my leg. THEN I picked up the smaller pullet -- who screamed and yelled and struggled as though I were a coyote. And the little cockerel went after me! He's about the size of a chinchilla, but he was determined I wasn't gonna hurt HIS WOMAN. And every time she complained while she was in my lap, he would threaten to get me again. It was pretty funny. He's a ferocious killer roo! I didn't expect him to be this protective or brave at this age. What age do y'all notice your cockerels taking on guard duties?