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Oh. Wow! How special is that! That tells me what a nice man you really are. And I'm guessing if anyone gets eaten it won't be Cillin!I left changing Cillin's bandage until after dark tonight. Took him off the roost and brought him into the house. He isn't over keen on the whole business but has put up with it with the minimum of fidgeting. The whole procedure normally takes place without and verbal communication from Cillin. He'll move and fidget and even gently peck if I cause him discomfort, but not a word gets spoken except by me. I chat to him as I do what needs to be done.
There is a sound all the roosters make to their hens. It's a friendly sound. It's three calls, two short and one longer; bawb, bawb, baaawwwb, with the final bawb tailing away and going deeper in the process.
It's a very distinctive call and I've heard it a lot when roosters are being especially nice to their hens.
I stood Cillin on the chair tonight and as I started to take off the old bandage he made this call and very gently pecked my hand. It almost brought tears to my eyes. It's better than any allowing to be picked up, or sitting on my lap, or being very gentle when taking food, or even having food dropped for me. It is the ultimate in demonstration of affection that I know of in chickens.
I'll go to bed a very happy man.