Nicky, center, and his cousin David, left, raise and fight cocks in derby competitions in the area around their home in rural West Virginia. Due to health issues in his family, David has assumed many responsibilities even at the age of 16, spending hours each day managing the chores on the property and looking after his nephew Isaiah, 3. “He’s a little shit,” says Little David of Isaiah, “but I’d kill for that boy.” “I think we all would,” replies cousin Brittany. (Last names and location withheld for subjects’ safety.)