When it became obvious that we had a rooster I hastily built a chicken shanty (calling it a coop would be a dishonest spin on this huge ugly thing I wired together) and moved the whole flock out to the land we hope someday to build a home on. A barn was under construction near the chickens and I visited them everyday. Then I broke my leg and wasn’t able to build any appropriate winter housing for Sunny.
Sunny is the original rooster requiring a ransom. Sunny was a “Surprise Rooster” who got mixed up in a clutch of little chicks that was supposed to be all laying hens. We debated for months as they grew up if we had some roosters in the batch. Some of our hens are quite aggressive, and Sunny was so sweet we didn’t suspect him. We’ve since learned that if a Plymouth Barred Rock chick has a large defined yellow spot on the head it is probably a roo. You can see the big yellow spot that earned Sunny his name in the photo below.
Although I could smuggle my laying hens past the HOA (at least so far so good), a crowing rooster would surely blow the whole covert operation. A good friend came to my rescue and took our Rooster in for the winter. The hunt began for an appropriate gift…but I struggled to find the elusive “Wine Advent Calendar” she so badly wanted. So, I designed and printed out a special label for several larger bottles to let her know how grateful I was. I wasn’t quite satisfied though, and almost bought a quick solution to fill and gift, but decided to go a few steps further (cause she really saved our bacon). This gift hunt made me think about how important it is for us to thank the rare Homesteading Heroes we know who help us out with this somewhat odd hobby. I also realized how different the wish list of a homesteader or chicken enthusiast is. I love to encourage people to pursue self-reliance…and we might as well enjoy it.
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