Video of Marcus the rooster crowing
Marcus has recently lost his hens to a
local predator and so is all alone. This is allayed to the fact he now lives up a
Never fear a nationwide BBC appeal has
been launched to aid his plight.
A Rooster’s Routine
Marcus gets up at sunrise and marches
his tiny legs a half a mile through 2 long fields while negotiating a horse,
some sheep and two 6 foot fences. He then stands outside our barn and crows at
our chickens until they are let out.
When the barn is opened our rooster
immediately runs out and chases him up a tree. The hens are interested in the
new arrival and so he gradually gets bolder. The roosters then have an uneasy
stand off until lunchtime.
Nature being weird "Marcus" the rooster
travels the 1/2 mile back to his home to eat lunch. (In France lunchtime is
In the Afternoon he is back again where
there will be more hen bothering. This is quite good entertainment as the two
roosters dance round the hens trying to usher and herd them into a group.
This keeps the Roosters happy all
afternoon but the hens soon get bored with this and split up to do some more
scratching and general dust bathing.
At sunset Marcus goes back home to his
tree and our hens are shut in the barn. Marcus being a chicken is a very social
bird. He is also very determined and for something so small I admire his dogged
determination to be sociable.
I hope I feel the same way tomorrow when
he starts crowing at sunrise and nature opens its curtains on another day.
Business as usual.
See you tomorrow Marcus.