News

Rampaging rooster attacks owner

Curra’s Ruby Roper came off second best in a row with her rooster this week. She says he was protecting her hens and just doing his job, perhaps a little too well.
Curra’s Ruby Roper came off second best in a row with her rooster this week. She says he was protecting her hens and just doing his job, perhaps a little too well. Tanya Easterby

YOUNG Sherlock doesn't like anyone messing with his girls, as his boss, Ruby Roper found out this week.

"I got him to protect my hens," Mrs Roper said of her rooster, Sherlock, as she lay in her hospital bed in Gympie yesterday. "And that's what he was doing.

"He did his job well," she said, showing the four deep cuts where Sherlock had slashed her ankles with the spurs on his legs.

So Sherlock is safe from the cooking pot, for now.

"He was only doing what roosters are supposed to do, look after the hens," Ruby Roper told The Gympie Times yesterday.

"I wouldn't like it to happen again though," she said.

"I normally take a few scraps down when I let them out.

"I stepped back and trod on one of his hens and he went berserk. He thought I was attacking her.

"He kept coming up behind me and slashing."

Mrs Roper, of Settlement Rd, Curra, nearly suffered heart failure after the incident on Tuesday, which left her faint and with what an ambulance officer said was "almost zero" blood pressure.

"I bought him because the magpies were having a go at the hens.

"It's about 100m to the house. It was hard to get back there because the bleeding was so bad.

"I sat down and couldn't stop the bleeding.

"I thought I was going to have a heart attack," she said.

"I couldn't see where I was.

"He's a big rooster. Even dogs are afraid of him.

"Then he had to crow to let me know he'd won.

"It's not something I'd like to happen again.

"He's only a young rooster. He'd be nice and tender," she said.

Gympie Times



Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Kandanga to host screening of acclaimed farming film Polyface

Australian Joel Salatin is in the US documenting a style of farming that will help save the world.

Kandanga Hall hosts screening of Polyfaces documentary

Broncos’ legend talks to young winners

ACHIEVEMENT: Gympie West State School ‘Aussies of the Month’, (back) acting deputy principal Mrs Lori McPherson with Broncos legend Darren Burns, (middle from left) Zephyr Laurenson, Ethan Lowe, Ruby Maher, Luke Ford, Ellie Lilwall-Murray and Tahlia Patterson, (front) Jack Armstrong.

Broncos legend at Gympie school

New careers on track with Gympie expo

East Coast Tafe career advisors Renee Galvin and Mark Haas at the expo.

A quick run down on the Gympie Regional Careers Expo at the pavilion

Latest deals and offers

Cameron Smith talks about 37 Origins

Cameron Smith, the most Origin games by a Queenslander.

Qld Captain Cameron Smith talks about his record-breaking 37 Origin appearances.

Pineapples

Peter Buchanan from Sandowne Pineapple company in Goomborian harvesting their last...

Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce tour Rockhampton sweet potato farm

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce visit a...

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago