And then he disappeared. We think he was taken by something in the woods because a few days before Lester had charged down into the woodland after hearing some gurgled screams. It was King cockerel, looking like something had got him by the leg because he was walking with quite a limp. He obviously had not learnt his lesson. He must have continued on with his forages into the woodland and become a predator's food.
But we still had a couple of young white cockerels. Or did. Because they are gone as well. Which left Big Grey.
So we were doing our planning for the day, with me needing to do jamming, and Lester needing to start plastering the kitchen. And then another project took charge of the day, and that was to dismantle the 'temporary' chicken hut in the courtyard.
July 2010, and the chicken hut is made out of two sheets of tin.
(We were living in the caravan in the background at the time)
This was Lester's first building project, and here he is making the run.
It was only supposed to be temporary solution to housing chickens.
2012, and it was still standing strong....
(Please excuse the smudge on these photos
Message to self: it is unwise to try and cut pips out of plums so you can make jam out of them at the same time as partaking in a photo shoot. Be sensible. Do one or the other, otherwise the outcome is going to a camera covered in stickiness, including the lens.)
Anyway, Lester starts to dismantle the old hut,
..... chains the hut to the tractor, and then sees Big Grey lying in a crumpled heap in the furthest corner, all stone cold dead, our last cockerel, gone, gone away at the same time as his home was dismantled. Perhaps he had an intuition that this was going to happen. Perhaps he did not like the thought of having to sleep in the fig tree,
which is where the girls are going to have to sleep tonight,
although most had been roosting on its branches already.
But the courtyard is starting to look tidier. And building a proper chicken hut is now up towards the top of our list of priorities.
The hens are now up the tree, although I had to help some of them to get up onto the branches. They will get used to their new lodgings, although there were quite a few complaints this evening!
But, as I have said, most were already roosting up on the branches,
and only a couple were using the hut, including Big Grey.
Meanwhile, the jam did not get made,
because I sat out in the sun and did some spinning,
and had an afternoon nap,
and did some music practice,
and cut up some material to make Lester some underpants,
because he likes the ones which are roomy,
almost like wide shorts,
because he does not like being squeezed, he said.
It was a nice Sunday,
tinged around the edges with sadness about the demise of all our cockerels,
especially Big Grey.
Hope you had a good Sunday,
and hope your week goes well.