While out running the Border
Collies, Monday morning, several weeks ago, we heard a Rooster crowing.
Around here we have sheep, goats, cows, horses, dogs and cats..no
chickens. That’s just not something anyone close by raises and after
the fox killed our last hens, we had been chicken free for 4 years –
which brings me back to the crowing Rooster. I started following the
crow. Imagine my surprise when I found 2 beautiful Roosters pecking
around in the cemetery at the church across the road from us.
These guys seemed very tame.
Catching the first one was easy. The second one got very upset and
confused. He took off into the woods and we couldn’t find him. Hubby
had to go to work and I had early deliveries, so we brought Rooster #1
over to our place and said that we could get the other one when we got
home. Also, as much noise as Rooster#1 was making, we felt confident
that he would encourage Rooster #2 to come to him. Well that didn’t
When we got home that night, we
discovered Rooster #1 running around and crowing. Apparently, these
guys had been pets..they didn’t even know how to roost. We went to the
church to find the other boy but had no luck. At midnight, when we let
the dogs out for the last time, we heard Rooster #2 crowing. We got the
dogs in and headed for the church. By the time we got there all was
quiet. We hung out for almost an hour and decided this Rooster quest
would be easier in daylight. We never heard him again! Rooster #1 was
just sad the next day perpetually crowing and running around but there
was no response. I spent hours at the church and in the cemetery
listening and looking for Rooster #2, but he was no where to be found.
The following day, I found him dead in the cemetery. He had been
slaughtered by what we assume was a weasel.
Thankfully, by day three Rooster
#1 had acclimated to his new home and had stopped calling his brother.
So now we have a new Rooster! He’s quite the cool little guy. He thinks
his job is to tend the sheep. Where they go..he goes. We’ve worked with
him a lot and now he knows how to roost, where to find his food (sheep
and goats eat anything that hits the ground, so we had to put his food
up) and that bugs are a good dietary supplement. He’s a good boy. We
are now considering adding a few hens so he won’t be without his kind
and hope that the fox families have moved on for now. We didn’t realize
how much we missed having chickens in the barnyard.
This Blogger/farmers rant – With
so many avenues to find homes for unwanted animals a story like this
should never have happened. We live in the country, there are 3 feed
stores within a 15 mile radius of us, they have bulletin boards. There,
of course, is Craig’s List, a local paper and word of mouth. We would
have gladly taken these two Rooster’s if the person who dropped them
had simply turned up our driveway and asked. There is just no excuse
for one of these beautiful animals being slaughtered! All of this being
said, we are very happy to have our new Rooster..there is a new
peaceful calamity on the farm now and he’s good for the soul…guess
things really do happen for a reason.
We still haven’t named him though..got any ideas? Please share.
Posted by MaLinda
@ 09:46 AM EST