Meet “Little Roo.” He first appeared on this blog as a tiny fluffball of only two or three weeks old. He’s bantam mix of a cochin and a silkie, hence the purple comb and wattles.
Now he’s a big (as he’s going to get), bad adult rooster. And I mean “bad” literally because he has a bad case of “little man syndrome.” He’s the meanest rooster we’ve ever owned, and he has a definite grudge against my rubber yard clogs. I did a photo shoot to show you how ornery this beautifully-feathered guy is.
I’d like to assume Little Roo is merely “cangry” due to the snow; but no, he’s this way all the time. He’s really great to the hens; so as long as he doesn’t become too much trouble for us to safely handle, I suppose we will have regular boxing matches for years to come.
(What’s “cangry”? Oh, sorry, that’s cold + angry…a silly joke from a previous post.)
~~~ Unfortunate Update ~~~
Wow, what a coincidence this post got pushed back until today! (The photos were taken on January 23rd.) Less than 24 hours after this published, Little Roo’s fate has been decided.
I responded to a couple of comments on this post and went outside to enjoy the sunshine. In the distance, I saw my daughter sparring in the chicken pen with this stubborn fowl.
My daughter tried to pick him up and calm him, as has always worked with roosters we’ve had in the past. He put two swollen lumps on her wrists and ripped fluff off of her furry coat.
Warning, gross part coming! — She put him down, and he fought so hard against her feet that he caught his toenail under hers (she was in flip flops as usual) and ripped off his own toenail! Luckily for him, I went in the pen and grabbed him to allow my daughter to leave. That’s when blood started running all over my hand as I held him by the legs. We probably wouldn’t have known about his wound if I had not picked him up.
A few spoonfuls of peroxide and several paper towels later, I was able to stop the bleeding on his toe, clean him up, and calm him down.
Both parties are now in their separate corners nursing their wounded feet. Lol
Little Roo will be relocated by the end of the week. Poor dumb dude. I really think he would fight another rooster to the death.