Darth – A Life in Feathers

I have known Darth since he was an egg

Egss in Fabric Basket

Back in 2006, 0ur four black hens went broody all at the same time and a neighbour gave us four fertile eggs for them to sit on.  Only two hatched and the proud parents got off the nest to make sure their little peeping yellow puff balls were eating and keeping safe.

Hen Chicks

At this stage we had no idea if they were male or female and, by the time it was obvious that one of them was a male, we didn’t want to to do anything about it.

So, the hens got a cockerel and so did we – and so did the neighbours.

Cockerel in his Prime

Here he is in his prime.

Darth with Mum (one of them)

He had various hens passing through his harem and one of his original mothers is still alive.  I suppose at one time his mothers became his lovers – fowl I know but that’s the way they roll in the chicken run.

He spent the next ten years or so making a lot of noise and probably upsetting quite a few people although they never said so – or not in so many words.

He survived several new dogs arriving who were not ‘chicken friendly’ at first and there was plenty of wishful thinking going on.

german shepherd with rubber chicken.

Regular readers will know he’s had a few problems lately including scabby legs, overgrown spurs (who remembers the hot potato treatment?)  and wobbly spells but a ten year old cockerel is pretty unusual I think.

Saturday before last he slipped off this mortal perch and is hopefully now roosting on a higher one with the lovely smooth(ish) legs of his youth.


Darth Incubator

2006 – 2016

(Because even chickens deserve an obituary)


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  1. #1 by poshbirdy on December 2, 2016 - 16:45

    Perhaps especially chickens deserve them. Looks like he had a wonderful life

    • #2 by tialys on December 2, 2016 - 17:21

      I don’t think he could complain considering he could just as easily have ended up in an egg cup for somebody’s breakfast ten years ago.

  2. #3 by Janice Marriott on December 2, 2016 - 17:21

    what a dapper fellow, i bet you will miss him

    • #4 by tialys on December 2, 2016 - 17:36

      I will – but I think I’m the only one.

  3. #5 by claire93 on December 2, 2016 - 19:27

    goodness me! I didn’t realise cockerels (and chickens) could live to such a grand old age!

    • #6 by tialys on December 3, 2016 - 09:35

      Well, a lot of them aren’t allowed to but, if they aren’t for eating or disposed of after their egg production slows, you sometimes hear of them living into early or even late teens.

  4. #7 by magpiesue on December 2, 2016 - 20:35

    He was a handsome bird, that’s for sure. You’ll miss him but at least now you and the neighbors can rest in peace. ;- )

  5. #8 by nanacathy2 on December 2, 2016 - 21:02

    Of course they do. RIP.

  6. #9 by katechiconi on December 3, 2016 - 00:21

    Vale Darth, handsome and dapper even in old age, I bet. Did he have any offspring? (“Chick, I am your father…”)

    • #10 by tialys on December 3, 2016 - 09:26

      Maybe, but none were allowed to get further than the egg stage.

      • #11 by katechiconi on December 3, 2016 - 12:54

        Very wise. With such a strong ‘singing voice’ you don’t want those genes passed on!

  7. #12 by Hila on December 3, 2016 - 07:27

    Rest in peace Darth.

  8. #13 by The Snail of Happiness on December 3, 2016 - 11:02

    I remember the hot potato…!
    Ten seems like a great age and it sounds like he had a great life. Farewell Darth.

  9. #14 by Chez Shea on December 3, 2016 - 15:43

    I am sure you will miss him. He sounded like a really special old bird.

  10. #15 by jendavismiller on December 3, 2016 - 22:34

    RIP Darth. It looks like he had a life of grandeur, I’m sure the neighborhood bird population was might envious.

  11. #16 by dezertsuz on December 4, 2016 - 02:25

    Yes, they do, especially if they’ve been part of the family so long! That was a lovely one, and he would have been pleased … were he capable of it. =)

  12. #17 by Thimberlina on December 6, 2016 - 08:13

    What a stunner he was! No wonder the females around him couldn’t resist! RiP handsome one xx

  13. #18 by themateriallady on December 6, 2016 - 19:32

    A fine tribute to a game old bird. RIP Darth.

  14. #19 by sewchet on December 6, 2016 - 20:44

    What a grand old age he reached, and what a wonderful, amusing tribute to him. Being owners of a handsome (and vocal) Cock ourselves, we also know how much you’ll miss him:)

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