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Albert the cockerel had a magnificent tail. You’re looking at it.

These two huge plumes floated gracefully and symmetrically from his backside, like a lyrebird. I’ve spent four years working to keep him from getting them stuck in doors and hinges. Moving Albert around has been largely defined in terms of that fancy tail.

And now it’s gone.

I’m assuming this is part of a normal molt and it’ll grow back again. It’s the first time in four years his tail has molted and you can see the feathers were getting pretty ratty. But I have to come to terms with the idea that without it, he just has a butt.


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: September 4, 2023, 9:20 pm

Get you one of these, or two, one for you and one for Uncle B!


And you can replace the feathers with Albert feathers.

An Albert feather in every alpine hat!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 4, 2023, 9:46 pm

What would I do without the Interpipes? Just now I found out that chicken pants are a real thing! Stoaty, you might think about getting Albert a pair and then glue or sew those plumes on so you can go back to ushering him through those pesky doors and past those nasty old hinges!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 5, 2023, 2:25 am

Heads up, @Stoaty, it looks as though Mitch has won a fast Dead Pool by picking Steve Harwell of the band Smash Mouth. Mitch picked him yesterday Sep. 3 and Harwell died today Sep. 4.

Well done, @Mitch!

Comment from Mitch
Time: September 5, 2023, 4:19 pm

WOOT! I’m the big wiener!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 5, 2023, 6:52 pm

Mitch, are you AKA Mitchell?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 5, 2023, 7:04 pm

Uncle Al, a reminder that Albert is the nasty aggressive cockerel. The one who has left scars on my body. I ain’t putting shit on that bird.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 5, 2023, 7:16 pm

I ain’t putting shit on that bird.

Nor should you! Heavens!

Should I have appended the </tongue-in-cheek> tag or the </unserious-suggestion> tag? (-:

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