Hi, I am not yet a chicken owner. I am currently in the process of planning how to lay out a new property I've purchased. My wife is from China and always told me stories about her family's chickens during the famine. They were apparently crosses between an egg laying breed and a fighting breed. She claims, completely in seriousness, that her uncle was able to ride one of these chickens when he was 3-4years old. My question for the forum relates to her other claims. That the hens were so aggressive they would challenge cocks, humans and cats..and with the exception of the 2 legs come out the better. The accuracy of her story I don't care about. What I am interested in is finding a breed in which the hens will harass strangers. I will have a LGD or donkey or geese guarding them from larger predators..but I would love to have a chicken that seeks to deter children or small stray cats/dogs from harassing the coop. Do you know of any such breed or is it fantasy? I don't really want to have a rooster unless a neighbour has one (semi-rural residential area, dont want to make a lot of noise) but a super angry hen would be fantastic. Also I am concerned about rats/mice. I've read that they will almost certainly show up near a coop. Being that I'm in Australia and even our sheep are venemous, I don't really want to rely on snakes as my deterrent. Are there any breeds of cat that can be trained to hunt the rodents and leave the chicks (if I do get a rooster) ?