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Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 00:00

7 week old cockerelNothing quite like hearing a rooster crow at the break of dawn… I went out early yesterday morning to check on my chicks, and one proud 7 week old cockerel looked me straight in the eye and let out a surprisingly loud and sore-throat sounding “cock-a-doodle-doo!” He tried again, but only made it halfway through the 2nd time. They say that a cockerel begins his crowing like a young lion begins his roar – somewhere between meow and ROAR (or in this case, “cheep, cheep” and “one loud crow”), and it often sounds like he has a scratchy throat or a squeaky wheel. I stumbled back a little at the unexpected din so early in the morning, but then I found myself congratulating him. Ha!

 

7 week old pulletThe chicks are 7 weeks old on Wednesday and are enjoying their new outdoor home; they’ve just about figured out the perch. We’ve starting building the outdoor 8’x12’ “run” area – stay tuned for pics, it’s coming along nicely! We found out that we can probably be successful with two roosters for our 7 hens, which is good news. We’ve got one unbelievably docile guy who runs to us to be petted and loves being held. He’s the friendliest bird of the whole bunch. His counterpart (the other cockerel we’ll keep) doesn’t really come near us, but he’s a favorite of the ladies – a stud in the making, to be sure. The pullets bring him worms and groom his beak while he lies in the sunbeam streaming in from the coop window. We’ve selected these two males since they both carry two of the main characteristics of a French Black Copper Marans: feathered shanks and copper-colored hackles. I can’t wait to see the dark chocolate-colored eggs the girls will lay here in a couple of months!