|He's the one with the yellow head looking at the camera.|
Here's a story I've been fascinated by, and have wanted to share for a few weeks now. One mild day in January, we let the flock out to free-range. Damon's task was to put them back in the coop. At about midnight, I tried to lay down to go to sleep, but realized that the roosters were crowing. I got Damon and we went out to see what was going on. Rodney was standing out in the middle of the chicken yard crowing repeatedly, inside the coop Sandy was responding. Damon wanted to scare Rodney back into the coop, but he was not moving or stopping his calls. I looked inside the coop and saw that the rest of the flock (including my 2 Ameraucana roosters, Snowman and Baby Gigi) were sleeping on their roosts. As I closed the coop door, I saw that wedged into the corner next to the door was a sleepy Chantecler hen who had obviously missed out when Damon put the rest of them away. This was the cause of so much concern to Rodney and Sandy. Kind of like a "no hen left behind" policy. I scooped her up, put her into the coop and went inside. Not another peep out of them. I was very impressed that even though the hen did not seem to be aware of the danger she was in, Rodney and Sandy were.
We will miss you, Rodney, the "rotteny" rooster.