Kirsten, Samson is wonderful. I have always wanted one of these intelligent birds. I must convince my husband that we should have one. Bye the way great photo! Do these birds need a lot of company or is it ok to leave them for a while (not too long of course)? Isn't he a great boy!
Sam is pretty bonded to me. :)In college I had to leave him with my parents while I lived in the dorms for a year. He plucked out all his feathers. He has recovered of course, but he likes attention. I do leave him for 2-3 days for weekend trips (just fill up several food bowls) He really likes to be out with me, and might scream if ignored completely!
Oh, A Judas goat is an uncut male with horns...he guards the flock. If a coyote or dogs come around he will aggressively chase them off .The sheep follow the goat as their leader he leads them out of troubles way..I have no idea why they call the goat a Judas goat.
They are called Judas goats becuause their first use was in slaughterhouses. They were trained to lead the sheep up the ramp to the killing floor- the trusting sheep would follow the confident goat:(