It’s hard to say that we weren’t disappointed when one of our egg-layers developed colorful tail feathers and an alarmingly screechy voice. However, our rooster has several redeeming qualities that make him a permanent fixture in our yard as well as a frequent topic of conversation. He’s as big as a turkey and louder than a blow horn, but for his lady hens, he’s quite the gentleman. Always calling them over when he finds a tasty bug, sometimes delivering worms right to their feet, he is a giver with a watchful eye. He keeps our hens close and out of trouble. We’ve even caught him cuddling up to the ladies in their nesting boxes as they perform their daily egg laying duties. But the best part is his mating dance. More to come, I’m sure.