Each night one of us goes out and locks the chickens up. We need to keep them safe from the many predators where we live. Last night I went out a little later than normal. Since it was late I thought they all might have already started to roost for the night. Not Katie! As soon as I opened the gate she/he attacked my leg. She/he grabbed on with her/his beak and held on until I pulled her/him off.
Now we had a decision to make. We adults could work with Katie, but we were worried about the kids whose faces and delicate skin are so much closer to that beak. We decided better safe than sorry. The wonderful people at Westside Farm & Feed very nicely said they would take Katie and find her/him a home. We told the kids they could get 2 more chicks each to replace the void they felt by giving Katie up.
We crated Katie and headed off to the feed store. Once there we found a 2 month old Delaware pullet that someone had returned thinking it was a rooster. We knew it was not, since we had just gone through this. If you compare the pictures of both Katie's you can see the difference, too. (Check out the markings on their backs)