Sunday, 19 November 2017

Rooster survives to crow another day

A NOISY rooster has been saved from being silenced permanently after his owner’s neighbour helped find him a new home

A NOISY rooster has been saved from being silenced permanently after his owner’s neighbour helped find him a new home.

Josie Spiers had been trying in vain to find someone to take five-month-old Gobby off her hands and feared she might have to have him killed.

He was one of three chicks which hatched the day before the London Olympics began in July. He is silvery in colour and the other two were gold and bronze.

Mrs Spiers had become increasingly concerned that the noise Gobby makes was disturbing her neighbours in Niagara Road, Henley. Last week, as a final resort, she posted a note through the other residents’ letterboxes, appealing for them to “be patient for one more week to let me find him a home” and promising Gobby would “be gone one way or another”.

“If he’s really driving you nuts you can kill him,” she wrote. “Let me know and we’ll arrange a time for you to come and get him”. Mrs Spiers told the Standard: “I wanted everybody to know that I was trying to find him a home and I had no intention of keeping him forever.

“He has started crowing earlier and earlier and it’s not fair to anyone as you can hear him halfway down the road. I’ve grown up with chickens so I don’t hear him but he wakes my husband up.”

One neighbour, Emma Sweet, came to the rescue this week when she found Gobby a new home with the Basil and Crew mobile farm, based in Maidenhead. Mrs Spiers said she was very relieved that the rooster had been saved. “I am so happy as he can father chicks and make kids happy,” she said.

Mrs Spiers, who manages her husband Dave’s auto workshop Yeo’s in Newtown Road, “I had put a note up in the office saying that we had a lovely rooster who was free to a good home, hoping a customer would take us up on the offer but nobody did.

“I couldn’t wring his neck and nor could Dave. We decided if we didn’t find a home for him we would take him down to the garage every evening as nobody lives down there and then bring him home in the day so he could have a run around.”

Mrs Spiers has kept chickens for about three years, initially owning two hens, Carol and Victoria.

When Carol died in 2010, Mr Spiers bought his wife another hen, Dotty, who became broody last year, so the couple bought three fertile eggs for her.

The eggs hatched to produce Gobby, golden Morty and Tassy the bronze.

Mrs Spiers had to give Victoria away a few months later as she had become territorial and has also found a new home for Morty, another rooster.

She said Gobby was naughty. On New Year’s Day morning, he escaped from the coop and stood on their neighbour’s fence crowing.

Mrs Spiers said: “Ever since he was a little chick he has been noisy. He likes to have his crop scratched and he’ll do almost anything for sweetcorn.”

She plans to keep Dotty and Tassy for now and doesn’t plan to allow eggs to hatch again.

“It is just so hard to get rid of them,” she said. “But they are silly birds and they make you laugh.”

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