Due to his declining health, we will soon have to put my wonderful roo Thor down. Should have been done by now to tell the truth. Anyhow, I have been trying to be extra kind to him lately, though I have never been unkind to him. Thor's favorite food in the whole world is figs; blackberries are a close second. Thor won't be here when our fig tree ripens its fruit in late July, so the other day I paid $3.69 a pound to buy him some imported figs at the store. Brought them home and waited until I could find Thor alone, without the hens all around him. He's been sitting in the shade in the chicken yard alot lately. Took a few figs out to him. Thor immediately started calling his girls. He didn't eat a single fig. I'd hand him one, he'd give it to a hen; again and again. Tried again later in the day with the same result. Yesterday I took a walk on the farm to a place where there's some blackberries ripened early. I discovered them last week when chasing a cow. It's not a big bush, but enough for me to enjoy a few and to share with Thor. Yesterday afternoon again Thor's sitting in the shade. I dropped what I was doing and ran in the house to get him some blackberries, closing the kitchen door quietly so the hens wouldn't notice me coming and going. Offered them to Thor, again with the treat clucking. The hens came running and gobbled em up. I waited awhile for the girls to wander off and then tried again. Only this time I carried Thor off aways. That dang rooster clucked anyways, for a good 15 minutes, until the hens heard him and came running. He just won't let me be nice to him!