It is with a heavy heart I share our first fatality on the farm and of course I was literaly painting him - when it happened. Gloria (my big black rooster whom I thought was a hen) is a asshole.. he kept beating up Foghorn and we were literally making up a FREE ROOSTER sign to get rid of him & just keep Foghorn. Gloria beat up Foghorn several times to the point he jumped out of the pen - several times. Clearly they can get out - if they choose.
I heard the commotion (as did the dogs) I looked out the window to see Gloria again brutally beating on Foghorn - the dogs heard it too... Foghorn was flying around the pen but Gloria was relentless and 3 times his size... she grew fast the past couple of months.
I thought he was hiding under the coop, he was hiding under the back deck.. the dogs found him and Norm found the dogs.
The dogs although they have never attacked a chicken in the coop - thought Foghorn was fair game running loose, I guess. They will more training around the chickens, in some dogs I do believe it's instinct, they do their job by protecting the Farm & that's most important.
Sad yes, very much but at the same time I was warned, several girlfriends shared - shit happens, especially to chickens... cats, dogs, hawks - other chickens, stuff falls on them, they get get caught in places and can't get out, it's all part of farm life and life.
I decided I'd continue the painting and work through it, not an easy task - tears & gouache don't go good together. I felt bad for Norm, he was closer to Foghorn.
I would advise against getting roosters.
You don't need them for eggs - Yes, if you want to eggs to become chickens.
Crow at sunrise - HA! That is only in the movies as I NOW know - lol, this mother clucker crows when ever he wants to! Still, I'll take the noise of a Rooster than TRAFFIC or Urban noise any day. Good Bye Foghorn.
With TLC & THC