Cock-a-doodle-doo

Earlier this morning, I walked up to the coop to check on our flock. The temperature last night stayed around 40deg, so I didn’t take a pot of boiled water along. Just a morning hello, to top off the feeders and make sure everyone was happy and healthy.

I grabbed the 5 gallon galvanized waterer, closed the coop behind me and walked to the gate. While opening the gate, I cocked my head to the sound of an unearthly wail. Was that the wind? I turned, sloshing chicken water down my boot. Again, I heard the noise. This was not a sound I had heard before. “Eeaahuhhh.” Not super loud, but not a normal chicken noise. I checked the coop, thinking that maybe I had shut a chicken foot in the door or some such. Everything inside was clucks and pecks, nothing outside status quo.

I filled the waterer and walked back to the coop. Just before opening the door, “eeeeaaaauuhhhh!” It dawned on me then, this moan wasn’t the wind, wasn’t a hurt bird, but it was the first pathetic attempt at a cock-a-doodle-doo from our juvenile roosters. “Great,” I thought to myself. Wasn’t expecting that at just a little over 2 months old!

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