Well, I finally finished the coop yesterday, and I met ChicKat last night to take custody of little Dumbledore (he was sleepy - so was I, actually!). (So cool to meet in person, BTW! Even if it was in a motel parking lot...) He was installed in his quarantine coop in the dark without too much fuss.
This morning, he crowed right at sun up - he has the most delightful little musical crow (I hadn't realized how much I missed that since my neighbor's rooster was killed). Not to be outdone, Paula got high up on a roost in the coop, faced east, puffed out her chest, and bwak bwak bwaked as loud as I've ever heard her, as if to say "See, I'm louder than you" (which she actually was). I think she got a sort of smug satisfaction about that (never mind that she's almost 10 weeks older than he is...). She's a sassy queen, no doubt about it...
Pics below. Dumbledore is SO beautiful in the sunlight - I love Cream Legbar cockerels/roosters. I have a few more things to do on the new coop (building nest boxes, better feeder/waterer system, cover hardware clothes apron with soil) - but I'm so wiped out, I might need to take a break today. A trip to the feed store may be about as much as I can do.
- Ant Farm