This is White Rooster #3. You'll remember that first we had Spot, then White Rooster #2, and now a third. None of the white birds is a girl, drat. I think they're just beautiful and I really wanted a sweet white girl. But no such luck, and they're kind of skittery, not cuddly at all.
I was watching them this morning and realized an interesting thing about their color. They're not actually white!
This is #2. Look at the feathers on his neck and back.
You can see it here even better. And if I make these photos a bit larger...
You can see that he's got dilute stripes! The pattern of a Cuckoo Marans (see below photo of Chick-Chuck and Eggy Jr.), but with the color diluted. In the right light, the stripes glow golden on top of the white background.
I am enchanted! But there are still too many roosters.
I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion. -- Thoreau
There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall. -- Colette
I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other. -- Rilke
As innocent as a new-laid egg. -- W. S. Gilbert
Raising children is like being pecked to death by chickens. --Anonymous, but my mother gave it to me!
Language...has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone. --Paul Johannes Tillich
Life begins when you plant a garden. -- Chinese proverb
The great omission in American life is solitude...that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incubator of the spirit. --Marya Mannes
If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs. -- Russian proverb
When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest. --Antonio Porchia
Cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the eggs. -- Attr. Margaret Thatcher
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. -- Henry David Thoreau