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Old 02-06-2011, 06:29 PM
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Calif. man fatally stabbed by rooster | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News | National & World News
This was posted on my facebook. I guess Karma does work after all.
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:08 PM
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Someone needs to nominate him for the Darwin awards.

I really hope they place the rooster somewhere nice instead of putting him down. A lot of places euth confiscated fighting cocks even if they've never harmed a person because they're "too aggressive" to be placed. It's a lot like the extermination practices applied toward pit bulls, because the HSUS thinks they don't deserve to exist because of the breed history.

Honestly, most are fine if they aren't confined with other roosters. The ones that aren't are perfectly happy in solitary pens with a few hens to keep them company. I used to breed gamecocks, they are my absolute favorite kind of poultry to have around. So much smarter than the production strains, and a lot more healthy too.
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Someone needs to nominate him for the Darwin awards.

I really hope they place the rooster somewhere nice instead of putting him down. A lot of places euth confiscated fighting cocks even if they've never harmed a person because they're "too aggressive" to be placed. It's a lot like the extermination practices applied toward pit bulls, because the HSUS thinks they don't deserve to exist because of the breed history.

Honestly, most are fine if they aren't confined with other roosters. The ones that aren't are perfectly happy in solitary pens with a few hens to keep them company. I used to breed gamecocks, they are my absolute favorite kind of poultry to have around. So much smarter than the production strains, and a lot more healthy too.
I feel bad for the roosters because instead having a nice life after they are confiscated they are PTS. And I agree with you, they should be given atleast the opportunity to live a quiet life.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:58 PM
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Thought of something else earlier today. This isn't the first time I've heard of a cockfighter being killed by a chicken (it happened a few years ago in the Philippines). That's interesting to me, considering there's a lot of purported dog fighting going on in this country. Yet you never hear of a fighting dog mauling/killing his handler in the pit, despite the fact that a dog is much more capable of killing an adult human than a chicken is.
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Chickens can be vicious, man!

Kharma's a bitch though, isn't it.
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Chickens can be vicious, man!

Kharma's a bitch though, isn't it.
It's a really good reason not to tie a knife to your cock.

Seriously though, I had, out of 23 roosters only 3 that I had to keep separate from each other. They were all "alpha", for lack of a better word. They were all fine out ranging with lower ranking roosters, just not each other. The cockerels were okay confined together (like, in a rabbit hutch sized enclosure) but not the older birds. Two were gentle as lambs with people. I'd bring them in the house and they'd sit on my lap while I watched tv. The third was more cagey. If I'd tied knives to his legs and let him get all agitated, he'd probably cause some damage.
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It's a really good reason not to tie a knife to your cock.
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I want to have a flock of chickens sometime in the future and there are a crap ton of predators out here. Would a gamecock be a good addition for flock safety? I can do a bit as far as fencing and netting the top of their enclosure, but depending on the size of my property when I get them, I might like them to a bit more free ranging.
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A good stag is, IMO, the best insurance against aerial predators. Coyotes and raccoons will still tear them up, but Moxiecollies had one of my birds in her pullet pen when two mink broke in. They had killed 17 hens in the main pen where no gamecock was there to defend them. He killed one mink in the pullet pen. The second had a broken jaw when we trapped it. And he only had one arm. His name was Lefty.

One thing I notice about them is the good ones keep any eye out for hawks and eagles. They'll sound their little alarm cry and the hens learn to get their butts under cover ASAP. My favorite guy (Mr. T) used to kick the crap out of the peacocks when they didn't listen to his alarms, until they got under something too. Then he'd keep an eye out until the danger was gone and give the all clear. He was a china game mixed with grey and green junglefowl.

Mr. T's grandson. I think we lost all our pictures of him when the computer crashed . This guy is about 1/8 American stag, 1/8 phoenix from Daniel Boone's lines (a lot of leghorn blood), 1/4 grey and green junglefowl, and 1/2 china game. He had the china game coming from both parents though. I really liked his temperament.


Mr. T also came around to the glass door and got us when the neighbor's huge fat cat had one of his hens cornered and he couldn't fight it off on his own. So yeah, he was definitely a smart dude. A bunch of my birds went to a lady in Yakima where they are going on 8 years of feral free ranging with no shelter. They're doing great, having babies and the old ones are still alive. Even the white ones. I've got pictures of them somewhere that were taken this past summer, have to dig them up.
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That is a gorgeous bird. I love the plumage on a lot of roosters (Guinea fowl not withstanding, ). Hopefully by the time my plans come to fruition, there will still be some of your lines around!
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