The Rooster on the Porch

Roosters have their own territories, especially roosters who do not have a flock of chickens.

And often (here on the Farmy) a lone rooster will attach itself to an animal. At least to the area that a particular animal lives in and the promise of two free feeds a day. Let’s be honest!!

There are roosters in the fields with the cows.

The plonker has a whole passel of roosters in the barn with him.

Jude and FreeBee have two roosters that hang out in the trailer with them.

(WaiWai does not have a rooster he prefers cats).

And Tima has her own rooster. He is an old fella who has been around the block a time or two and I suspect he can speak Pig.

All winter Tima arrived with her rooster at the back door growling and banging on the glass for someone to hurry up and feed her.

Now that Tima is behind a gate in her summer pastures her rooster has been appearing at the back door by himself – around about dinner time. Sent there by Tima I am fairly sure.

He is quieter than Tima. Apparently content that his very presence will be enough to remind the humans that it is dinner time.

Now what would you think if you were the farmer?

The moment I step outside with the bucket he runs off across the track to Tima and waits with his pig behind the gate. I just shake my head and feed him a little extra. Being an old rooster and all that.

Here are the mobile manure spreaders advancing across the wheat pasture.

Twelve Brown ducks in the late winter wheat field.

Happy Friday!

We made it.


40 Comments on “The Rooster on the Porch

  1. This post has such great narrative imagery in it. There are whole stories in your few words here for our imaginations to take flight with. This weekend I will be imagining roosters and their friends.

  2. You are so much greener than we are. It’s still winter here—albeit late winter. They are getting the onion fields ready to plant–the onion seeds need to be in the ground by the end of this month. Not us—we are waiting. We have wind, rain, and flakes of snow—no green here yet. BUT IT IS COMING!!!

  3. That rooster has you well trained. I thought cats were the best trainers around but maybe a rooster (abetted by “their” pig) comes in second for that designation.

  4. Do all the roosters cock-a-doodle-doo at the same time ?

  5. What a fabulous image you have shown us. All those characters are hilarious. Wonderful story, thank you. Andy x

  6. Symbiotic relationships in action! I love the farmy animals and their adaptations. Humans need to learn a thing or two I think.

  7. Oh what a great post to read today!!! Just love all of your comments today Celi!!! I sure needed some “pick me uppers”!!! Missing Jerry so so much ~ beyond words. Love all these rooster stories!!! And Tima and his rooster bangin’ on the door!! Hilarious!! And now speakin’ Pig!!! Hey, who are these kitties? Is one of them my favorites from a long time ago? I’m still laughin’ at today’s rooster story and the pictures!! ~ read it twice or three times!!! Have a great day Celi!

  8. That first photo definitely looks like a “chicken with it’s head cut off” 🙂 I thought you were going to get rid of some of those mean roosters? Are they still attacking your hens?

    • The hens are locked into their huge house most of the day. So I can collect their eggs: And after they are all back inside at night – I go in with my rooster gloves and throw all the interlopers out.

      It is working so far!

  9. Have you seen the film, the Biggest Little Farm? It is reminiscent of you. . . about a family who restored a waste of a bit of property in rural California to a fertile state over years with a lot of work. The film featured a wonderful old pig and a wonderful lonely rooster who made friends, for a time anyway until an unfortunate but natural incident with the rooster, and later the ravages of time caught up with the pig as she will will all of us.

    I suppose you would relate to some of what they discuss and perhaps differ on some of their decisions as you are a deep thinker about your impacts. I do recommend it if you should feel inclined in your spare time.

  10. Have you seen the film The Biggest Little Farm? Among other adventures in farming, they had a pig and rooster who became friends.

  11. Ah yes – all my chickens seem to be ‘pets’…and I get ridiculously attached to them when they’ve survived so many years. 😊

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