Cock-a-Doodle – huh??????

Between four and five weeks old, Duke starting doing this weird thing where he would raise his head high and move his beak in a distinctively cock-a-doodle-do sort of way – but nothing would come out. He would move his beak, but not a sound would escape. Bernie swore he was practicing crowing. At that early age, I had my doubts.

This morning I went and picked some raspberries while Bernie finished putting in his last corner posts for the fence. We finished about the same time, and decided to sit on the front steps and cool off with some ice water. We were watching the chickens peck around, and Bernie said “Did you see that? Duke just tried to crow again.” I rolled my eyes, and at exactly that moment, Duke stuck his head high in the air and let out a loud, distinct, and crystal clear “COCK-A-DOODLE….” – and scared the bird poop out of all the hens and himself. They all took off screaming, flying, and running to the other end of the coop. I’m not sure who looked more terrified – the hens or Duke.

I couldn’t believe it. His crow was beautiful! It wasn’t at all the scratchy, crackling, strangling noise I expected. It wasn’t quite a full crow, but he sure nailed the first part of it. Within a just a few moments, he let out another. And then another. COCK-A-DOODLE……

I ran in to get the small camcorder I ordered and received this week. I followed Duke for at least 20 minutes, determined to capture the next crow for you. But he strutted around and pecked around and was as quiet as a church mouse the entire time.

We haven’t heard him crow again today. But I have to tell you, those three little crows changed his life. He’s been strutting around all day long. And he’s been challenging the hens and Bobby Lee more than ever. He is really quite proud of himself. It seems to me the girls are paying a lot more attention to him as well.

As silly as it sounds, Bernie and I are really proud of Duke. The boy is crowing at six weeks old! And he’s so dad gum handsome and sweet. He is honestly everything I could have hoped for in a rooster – at least at this young age.

I’ll get some pictures of all the chicks posted in the next couple of days. I was going to wait to write about this until I had the pictures ready, but I am so excited, I just had to let y’all know.

By the way, I’m working on adding some canning information and pictures on the Back to Basic Living Website. I hope to have the pages up within the next week. I’ve water bath canned several jars of Raspberry Jam and Raspberry Syrup – and I took some pictures of the process to share on the website.

I’ll write more in the next day or so. I hope to capture Duke crowing on the camcorder so I can share it with you. I’m just certain you’ll be as impressed with the boy as I am.

Bee Free,
Penny

4 Responses to “Cock-a-Doodle – huh??????”

  1. Alex says:

    We just took 40 roosters to be butchered and that left Sampson as King of the Hill. But with about 45 hens we figure sooner or later He’s gonna get tired. But He sure is pretty strutting around and guarding the girls. Can’t say I miss all 41 of them crowing. -Alex
    Mainelyewesfarm.blogspot.com

  2. basicliving@backtobasicliving.com says:

    41 roosters??? Wow. That’s amazing. I honestly can’t imagine. How old were they?

    My husband didn’t want any roosters at all. He relented and I ordered two. We’re both happy with them so far. I really hope they will get along ok. They’ve got 21 girls to look after, so hopefully all will go well…..

    Penny

  3. Michele says:

    Way to go, Duke! Precocious fellow! Hope you can catch him on video!

    Can you tell now if you actually got the number of hen/roosters and breeds you order from the hatchery?

  4. basicliving@backtobasicliving.com says:

    Hi Michele – Well, yes and no. I ordered 23 hens and 2 roosters, and I am certain I got those. BUT they sent me a free exotic and a free Phoenix – both of which I am sure were roosters. All told, I should probably have had 4 roosters – the 2 I ordered, and the 2 I *think* they sent as free chicks. BUT – I lost 4 of them and have no way of knowing with certainty that they were hens. One of them was the free “exotic” bird they sent me, and as I mentioned, I’m sure it was a rooster. That would leave me with 3 roosters – but I am 99% certain that I only have 2 roosters right now, so perhaps another that died was a rooster. Does this makes sense?

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