🐾 Maybe the reason I love animals so much, is because the only time they have broken my heart is when theirs has stopped beating.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The dispute

This is Artemis, still suffering from the aftermath of a fight with Chook, my other rooster. These two have been at loggerheads for a long time now, with Chook always being the underdog and taking flight whenever Artemis came near. A couple of days ago, Chook decided ‘enough is enough!’ and turned and faced his aggressor with dire results.

Both suffered extensive injuries (they both have extremely long and dangerous spurs) and it ended up with Chook pinning Artemis, totally exhausted, flat on the ground and not letting go of his grip. We had to separate the two and Chook is currently in the ‘holding pen’ with me deciding the fate of the two – one has to go and it’s a difficult decision I’m not able to make easily. Chook is the friendliest of the two, coming right up to me and begging for a tit-bit, following me around to see if I have more, and Artemis is the beautiful ladies’ man, preferred above Chook by all the hens, who adore and follow him everywhere, succumbing to his every whim.

Artemis and Chook wanting to continue the territorial dispute...

Chook keeping a watchful eye open for Artemis...

What to do...?

Canon EOS 550 D – Sigma 70-300 Zoom lens – 9’ manual focus
Location : Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa



  1. Maree, what a hard decision to have to make! Is it possible to blunt their spurs and beaks so they don't harm each other so much?

    1. You are so insightful Kathryn! I had just decided that that's the route to go - I'm taking them to the vet next week to have the spurs amputated, then they can fight to their heart's content!

  2. oh dear - decisions, decisions. I think I would be tempted to keep the friendly one and hope the ladies transfer their affections once they don't have a choice.

    1. Chuckle! That would certainly be an option John, but it's not that easy to get rid of a chicken! Can you believe that? I have phoned numerous people, and nobody is interested! And the knife just is not an option for me, just can't do it!



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