I placed the majority portion of food in the elevated area near the door. Because, it had rained earlier, I had to reach to grab the main dish, flip it over and let the water out as everyone came running, eager for their dinner portions.
I set my defence stick down and fed them. As I turned around, forgetting the stick the rooster lunged. It was unexpected and without reason. Except to let me know I can’t let my guard down. This time the dogs were with me and one particularlyq keen to protect and impress me had his throat around the rooster within seconds.
Luckily, he responded to my loud and form NO and the incident passed. They continued with their meal as I sat to write this blog.
If you don’t have a weapon, have a dog
The rooster didn’t make contact but it was close. I am happy the ground was flat and stable in this area so being startled and attacked there didn’t end with a fall.
He still needs to feel protective of his hens in front of them. He stands tall, flapping his giant wings as he cried out for another 15 minutes or so.