Spring means warm sunshine, flowing sap, and chickens bursting out of their winter pen into the dormant fields and woods, on their daily scavenger hunt.
Our rooster "Tony D" (DiNozzo from NCIS) keeps his flock close, always watchful.
Always caring for the girls.
Always on duty.
He's a good rooster. Not aggressive in the least.
And so beautiful to look at...especially those green tail feathers he touts so proudly.
He always lets his girls eat first. He calls them all to his side if he finds a bug or two, and makes sure they are well taken care of.
If one of the hens calls out, he races to her, shouting out warnings until he arrives at her side.
I know there are some folks who don't care for roosters.
I can't relate to those folks.
Besides having a built-in alarm clock, you deprive the hens from having what is natural...a male protector...
...who would truly be willing to give his own life to save one of his girls. I've seen him try.
After all, we can all use a strong male presence in our lives.
I thank God daily for mine...
Until tomorrow ~ God willing and always providing,