Sunday, October 18, 2015
Changing of the guard
This post is dedicated to Javier. He is gone now, and Diego is the new man-bird of the coop.
Javier was a Good rooster. Not because he was a handsome fellow, which he certainly was. Not just because of his egg fertilizing skills which were considerable. Not only because of his excellent guard duty skills in the chicken yard. Javier was a Good rooster because he was not a Bad rooster.
Bad roosters are the ones you cannot turn your back on. Bad roosters are not welcome here, and do not last long.
Javier was a Good rooster. He called the hens with a special cluck when there is something especially toothsome to eat. He would pick up an item, then it drop in front of a favored hen to gobble up, much as a mother hen does with her chicks. He was ever vigilant for signs of threats, scanning the sky and ground for anything that might have been a cause for concern. When he was even the slightest bit suspicious, he sounded a warning, sort of a heads- up alert to the rest of the flock.
It might seem kind of funny to get sentimental about a bird, just one of the flock, but I miss him. Farewell to a good bird.
The 11 cockerels that have been residing in the winter coop since the end of may are now in the freezer. I accompanied them to Wellspring Farm yesterday where they ceased to be chickens and became just chicken. Last year I was able to drop my birds off and drive away, coming back to pick them up later all neatly plucked and packed in ice. This year, I was asked to help.
So, another week gone by. Until next time, be well you all.