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Cockerel chatter

Cockerels roosting on the coop roof"That fence is just there to keep the dogs out, right?" said one cockerel to the other as they roosted on their coop roof and peered out into the unknown wilds.

"I think I'll stay inside anyway," replied his brother, drowsily.

(I consider this evidence in support of the domestication contract.)






Fulfill your side of the contract by providing your poultry with copious clean water using our homemade chicken waterer.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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