This may seem like a stupid question, but as someone famous once said: "the only stupid question is an unasked one", I suppose I'll go for it~ What I want to know is how strong a chicken's (in this case a Silkie roo's) parental "attachment" is; not an attachment from parent-to-chick, but rather the attachment from formerchick-to-parent? My Silkie roo (about 3 to 4 months old) is a "house-chicken", and late last night my sister and I were sitting on the floor with him. For some strange reason "Blackie" seems to hate my sister, pecking her aggressively and even rushing towards her. So I instructed her (using BYC~) how to pick him up and assert her 'dominance' so that he'll quit doing that. As soon she set him back on the floor, he rushed towards me, jumped in my lap, and laid down like a house-cat, where he lay and subsequently fell asleep while I petted him. My sister scolded me for reinforcing 'bad' behavior (i.e. him attacking her), but is that even possible? My mother suggested his actions after the forced submit were because he had been scared, and since I hand-raised him, he ran to be comforted by his 'mother'. So how about it? Does my big manly roo (hah!) still see me as his mother, and ran to be comforted by me after he got scared? Oh, and just because I'm curious, are Silkie's allowed to have "hard" feathers? 'cause Blackie's got a few "regular-chicken-feathers" on his wings, but the 5-toes, black skin, and other Silkie requirements... ... Thanks in advance! And sorry for the ramblings~ EDIT: No one knows...?