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War wounds

Behold, my peck marks! No, seriously, that’s what those four faint dots (and a bit of bruise!) are.

I wasn’t sure myself. I thought I just had a few insect bites go bad or something. I didn’t think that little squirt could really leave a mark, but I saw it with my own eyes.

The faint one at the very top? I watched that happen. It’s not a peck. It’s a pinch. He gets a little bit of skin in his beak and clamps. It’s like a tiny blood blister.

That whole “Christmas Dinner” thing isn’t going to work, though. Dude’s a bantam. Under those feathers, he’s not much more than a pigeon, pinchy beak or not.


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: November 29, 2018, 10:16 pm

I have a very nice recipe for lemon pepper Cornish Game hens that you could probably adapt.

As far as small, we have been known to eat Morning Dove here, well, you need a brace to make a meal.
I don’t suppose you have a brace of nasty little bantam roosters available.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 29, 2018, 10:43 pm

One word: hors d’œuvre

Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: November 30, 2018, 12:05 am

Second word: stock. (Long simmer with onion, celery/Celariac, carrot, turnip)

Comment from Bob
Time: November 30, 2018, 1:32 am

This calls for “cut proof” gloves. Like these

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: November 30, 2018, 12:01 pm

Aw, it’s just a play for attention, he just needs a little understanding.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: November 30, 2018, 2:44 pm

Chances are, like so many other things that happen these days, you’ll never know what caused him to shoot up the chicken coop peck you.

Now if he takes to wearing a Quaker hat and shirts without buttons his motivations will become clear.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: November 30, 2018, 4:01 pm

Here’s a post on Reddit that’s very topical:


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 30, 2018, 4:21 pm

Well, all I can say is that I now understand why Chicken Pox are called that.

They look like chicken pecks.

As for showing that Bantam who runs the roost, how smart IS a chicken? Do they have any kind of memory? With a cat, a squirt gun is a pretty good psychological weapon*….but that’s because that cat can remember his last encounter with said,er, ‘weapon’.

But if a chicken has no memory it would be kind of like “50 First Dates” except with a chicken instead of Drew Barrymore.

* I say “pretty good” because one time my Terrible Turk (a deaf white Angora) once bit me despite my squirt gun while squinting his eyes because he knew the squirt was coming. He remained a little bastard all his life, but when he felt like it, we were great friends.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 30, 2018, 9:17 pm

Honestly, it isn’t really a problem. I didn’t realize he could leave marks our I wouldn’t have let him peck me.

I’m more concerned that he’s being nasty to the other chooks. He may have to bunk alone.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: December 1, 2018, 12:37 am

Didn’t you say there was more than one rooster?

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