All is chaos....but it does make me laugh. Yesterday our egg farmer gave us 5 very nice fat young cockerels. His hatch percentage was weird...25% hens 75% roosters. His wife is sweet and she loves the chickens and just cannot live with eating them. This is great for us. Imagine organic free range young birds for free....well with a twist would be a better description.
We just ran out of time yesterday and could not process the chickens so we put them in the back porch with lots of cardboard and straw and they made themselves right at home. This will make you laugh...it was just wonderful fun to peek out the back door and watch them doing chicken things, cleaning up the spider population and making happy chicken noises! No crowing at all.
They went to sleep at dusk perched on one of the garbage cans happy and ruffled like they had been 'backporch' chickens all their lives.
Well our young neighbors party on Friday nights and into the wee hours of Saturday morning. They came home at about 2:30 am ....quite drunk! Sigh! Then they decided to BBQ something on their front porch, cranked up the stereo and started to party some more. It isn't great but at least its not like I am trying to sleep...however the roosters....all the ruckus woke them up....no it is not daylight so they are quite confused! With all the noise it must be morning, right? Right! Well roosters know they are supposed to wake everyone up so they got right down to it. Crowing from all 5...however juveniles that they are the crowing is a dreadful noise! Harsh hacking screeching noise's with the odd crrawkkk! Now and then a decent RRR uruuuh RRR squawk! It made me laugh...it was simply hilarious and quite ridiculous as they continued to attempt their job!
Then the music next door stopped...there was a short hushed silence....a voice came from outside....tentative and unsure..."Shawna, did you hear something?"
"Yes, I think so" was the reply, "It sort of sounded like a chicken?"
Miracle of all miracles it was at this point the young roosters decided that humans are crazy and happily went back to sleep! I could almost hear the young couple 'listening' for the noise they thought the heard! I sit here at my laptop still chuckling to myself, the roosters sleep and I think so do the neighbors...it is quiet now for the moment and all is right in my world. I have this wonderful tale to make me laugh and I know it will make Ralph laugh when I tell him. Yes I am thankful for laughter! Yes and roosters too!