Cock-a-doodle-doo!

An exciting discovery at the farm – one of the chickens Lee bought in the summer turns out to be a cockerel!  And what a lovely bundle of chickenhood he is!  Liz and Lee never got a cockerel before as they said they didn’t need one and they are noisy (cockerels, not Liz and Lee).  Anyway Lee bought a trio of chickens at Campse Ashe auctions for £3.80 (brilliant).  Two of the died within a couple of weeks and the third one seemed a bit lonely.  The trio always kept together and did not mix with the main flock.  On its own, it was forced to mix in.  It looks like a Pekin to my trained eye, rather like the photos Liz has shown me of a Pekin bantam which she LOVED at Bolton Lane.  The remaining chicken of the trio got bigger and bigger and is as big as the main flock chickens now.  And (and this is the real giveaway) has started crowing!  At first it was a fairly hoarse attempt in the afternoon, but definitely a crow.  Now, he actually says “cock-a-doodle-doo”.  Outstanding!  And he does it all morning!  I feel like I am living in a children’s nursery book farmyard.  I am obviously the farm cat.  I say “meow” and catch rats.  Actually I don’t do that last bit but I do catch the odd common shrew much to Liz and Lee’s disgust.  They keep threatening to get some “proper” farm cats but I don’t think they will.  They have got other fish to fry.  I wish they did fry more fish.  I love fish.

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