A Tribute to David

 A sad thing happened last night when we went to lock up the chickens. Every night we feed them, count them and lock them up. Over the past few months we've lost a few due to a fox that hangs around during the day. And every day I hoped that no more would be missing, but I especially hoped that the favorites- Helen, Ping and David- would be there. And last night, David didn't come home.

David came to us last year as a replacement for Cohen's hen, Prunella, that got nabbed when she got left outside overnight. He was supposed to be a hen. But as he grew, the size of his feet alone told us that he was a rooster instead.

But Cohen loved that bird. He held him all the time and David turned out the be one of the tamest roosters I've ever seen. If you picked him up, he would sit with you until you put him down. He didn't mind being held and never showed once ounce of aggression towards us.

He was also one of the best roosters I have ever seen. Before we got rid of a couple of our not-so-nice roosters, he would stand guard over the hens and chase off any offenders. He would call the hens to him when he found treats to eat. And every afternoon he took a walk around the pasture with a group of his hens and a duck.  He walked along the road, while the hens stayed in the ditch pecking around. He was everything you would want in a rooster.

He was a good rooster. And Cohen, who takes any chicken death hard, was pretty upset. And even though losses like this are part of farm life, it was a very sad loss for all of us.

And he will be missed.

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  1. RIP, David. You look like you were a real sweetheart. :-(

  2. Aww, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know it is hard to lose your beloved animals. He was such a handsome rooster and sounds like he was one of the best.

  3. I am sorry for your loss. ((hugs)) to Cohen.

  4. Sorry to hear about your rooster :(

  5. I am so sorry. We’re still new to homesteading and do not yet have livestock. We plan to get some chicks this summer and I know that regardless of how careful we are this sort of thing will be inevitable. I know it will be hard.

    Thank you for sharing this post.