People who don’t know chickens personally often don’t realize how smart they are, how precisely they manage to communicate, or how gallant roosters can be with their hens. A few weeks back we sold our blue Marans rooster Fog and three of his girls to neighbors Kitty and Ray. We’re making room for the younger generation – and truth be told, Fog never got along with our other roosters, who we expect to live peaceably together in bachelor quarters for much of the year. The next time we saw Ray and Kitty in town, they shared this story.
Ray and Kitty had been gone for the day, and when they returned Ray went to check on the birds. Fog stood beside the almost empty water dish, glaring first at Ray and then at the dish. Ray didn’t pay much attention until Fog tipped the dish off its stand and looked back at him again. Then Ray refilled the dish, and Fog stepped up and drank, on and on. None of the hens came over to drink – which is when Ray realized Fog had gone thirsty all day so his hens could have all the water they needed.

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  1. What a great story! Loved it! I’m going to share this with the girls and some of my CPR (Core Prosperity Relief) blog group because today is all about giving and receiving. So perfect!

  2. Fog is an excellent bird; the hens expect this sort of behavior and will freeze out a selfish, thoughtless rooster. Over thousands of years, roosters have learned to protect and coddle their hens. When people ask if they “need” a rooster to get eggs from their hens, the answer is no–but to a hen, that is not the question.

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