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Friday, July 5, 2013

Ducking Low - Keeping the Peace


I've begun moving about my kitchen in the mornings using the inner perimeters.
I stay well away from the window and avoid large movements.....


I've taken to wearing darker subdued colours.
My red sweat top is definitely out!


We have juvenile roosters and if they catch sight of me they call very loudly like a mournful peacock. We just need to get through a couple more weeks for them to grow just a little bit bigger.
In the meantime...
I'm skulking in my kitchen to keep the suburban peace.

(Footnote: Isn't it interesting that dogs can bark all day long and chainsaws, pressure washers and the like can interrupt the peace, neighbourhood teens can rev their cars and turn up their bass. My next door neighbour even keeps caged birds that set up a huge screeching when they come home, but heaven forbid anyone should hear a rooster!)

11 comments:

  1. i agree about the rooster thing..are the boys destined for the soup pot?

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    1. I must stress they are still juvenile and their voices are really not obnoxious yet, very much like a peacock call. They will be culled in a week or two and we tend to freeze them whole for roasting.

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  2. Yes, folks are just weird about chicken noise! Our neighbours complained about the chook noise of our 4 bantam chookies, no roosters! And I would do the same in the morning to keep them quiet, stay away from windows, walk softly through the house, quiet voices, no door banging.

    People are just a bit too precious sometimes, sigh.

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    1. I would much rather the noise of chickens to the other petrol devices around the place that's for sure.

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    2. Couldn't agree more! I'm not sure Tasmania has what have become ubiquitous here in the United States -- high-pitched gas-powered weed-whackers (edgers) and leaf-blowers, also used to blow grass off the streets and driveways, a ridiculous activity. Horrible, obnoxious sounds from these devices. And so unnecessary and wasteful. What's wrong with raking leaves? What's wrong with not having perfectly manicured edges on your lawn? I'd love to keep a couple of goats to "mow" my lawn but I'm sure I'd be turned in to the authorities.

      I also have a question about your sweet roosters. Do you cull them out for eating because you keep the females for egg-laying? I've so wanted to raise chickens and it's allowed in my area (goats are not) but we have so many foxes and hawks that I'm not sure they would last long.

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    3. Yes Pam, same here, so much so that a quiet moment actually elicits comment because it is so rare. Craig loves to raise the babies and we get day olds and raise them. They are cheaper un-sexed so we usually have 50/50 hens and cocks. We keep a couple of the young pullets to replace old layers and sell on the other pullets to other backyarders. The cocks get culled and we usually freeze them whole for roasts. We have about 7 girls and 7 boys. We only raise once a year so we certainly don’t keep ourselves supplied in chicken meat for the year but we do appreciate our food more and have a greater respect for your meat. We are lucky in Suburbia here that we have few predators, next to none in fact, so our coop is quite open and free. Sometimes people yearn for more land but it is a double edged sword, if you move onto more property, even a few acres, then you are moving into a rural area that brings with it more challenges and predators, not just to your livestock but also to your crops. We do have it so good where we live. Love your blog by the way Smile

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  3. just want to let you know I am still reading an enjoying your blog. gives me a lovely sense of Tasmania. I did visit once, I stayed in Hobart and Deloraine, perhaps to return....

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  4. You are so right Tanya...I personally would rather hear a rooster crow, (makes me feel countrified). The are too many people that just like to complain and cause misery to others...

    xx

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  5. We currently have 8 roosters, 6 of whom are well and truly mature but I'm waiting for the fingers to arrive for our chicken plucker. We do live in a rural town but we are quite in town and so cautious of disturbing the neighbours. So far our next door neighbour is upset we will be eating them (he adores animals) and behind us say they can't hear them at night and during the day when they all crow like serious mental cases it rarely bothers them (phew) but their own cows make mroe noise they say. We love their cows, our roos don't bother them and our ducks and goats are quiet so so far so good. :)

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  6. I put seven roosters in the freezer not too long ago. The neighbours don't complain - it's me that gets sick of them! These ones were starting up at 4am, ugh....but they sure taste good ;)

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  7. would you like a nice loud rooster ?

    Never notice our boys these days, its just another noise - its a non threatening sound so you just put it in the background. I'm with rabidlittlehippy above, we have bellowing hieffers in heat, neighbours pigs squealing and our sheep bleating and muttering regularly making much more noise. But luckily our neighbours all eat theirs too so no hassles on that front :)

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