Posted Nov 19, 2014
Every once in a while, as you raise flocks of chickens, you will come across a rooster so aggressive he is a terror in the barnyard. If this is a breed characteristic, I do not know, but we bought some Blue Andalusians because they looked beautiful and when they grew up, they were beautiful. The hens were slender and pretty and I had no complaints about their behavior or attitude but the rooster, Merle, was another story all together. He was and remains, by far, the most handsome of all the chickens we have ever owned but he was also the worst tempered. He would stalk small children and grown ups alike in the yard and catch them with much flapping and spurring and pecking any chance he got. Our kids started getting paranoid and carrying sticks in the yard for self defense and woe to the kid who let his guard down too long while playing in the sandbox! After one particularly savage attack on our youngest child, we were forced to humanely bid farewell to Merle. There are few birds prettier than these in my opinion, but we will not have these again when there are so many more docile birds to enjoy.