Saturday 29 April 2017

Timeless tale of politics, survival, love, sex, death, betrayal - and fowl play

March is the traditional auction season for buying up, hatching and breeding stock. But be wary. (Stock picture)
March is the traditional auction season for buying up, hatching and breeding stock. But be wary. (Stock picture)
Billy Keane

Billy Keane

This is a story of love, bullying, pecking orders, post-traumatic stress, betrayal, the abandonment of monogamy - if such a concept ever existed - death itself, and the shortest foreplay ever.

I used to think the reason people liked chickens was because chickens really don't give a s**t.

The keeping of chickens has taken hold of Ireland and we are now eating our own eggs. There's more to chickens than eggs. Chickens, and cocks too, are great characters. Every bird is finger printed with individuality. Each one has his or her own personality. Just like people.

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