Tuesday, May 3, 2011


This is Goliath.  He is the top bird on our little homestead.  After several experiences with bad-tempered roosters a friend gave us this regal bird.  He rules the hens with a firm, but kind hand (or I guess I should say claw).  He makes sure they don't wander into potentially dangerous places to scratch for bugs, and he loves them unconditionally as only a rooster can.

My favorite thing about him though is that he doesn't chase my children or me.  I have a huge aversion to looking over my shoulder all the time for fear a naughty rooster might pounce on me.  It makes me feel like I'm a criminal and there is a resident policeman in my own back yard.  One with feathers and spurs.  Anyway...Goliath is a perfect gentleman.  He does occasionally give me the evil eye when I have to shoo his ladies away from somewhere, but he never acts on it.  Probably he mutters about me in chicken language behind my back, but I can live with that.

He almost looks like he is posing for the picture with one claw lifted delicately.
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