Leg­endary chick­ens

Your Chickens - - Hattie Hen's Kids Club -

In Por­tu­gal the rooster is con­sid­ered a sign of good luck, and im­ages of brightly coloured cock­erels are found ev­ery­where. There are many ver­sions of the leg­end, which tells of a pil­grim wrongly con­victed of steal­ing and con­demned to death. His last re­quest was to speak once more to the judge who had sen­tenced him. The judge was host­ing a ban­quet at which a roasted cock­erel was be­ing served, and the pil­grim de­clared that God would cause the bird to crow if he was in­no­cent. To every­one’s amaze­ment, the rooster stood up on the plate and crowed loudly. The judge de­clared this was a sign that we should not be quick to judge our fel­low man, and that the rooster would be a sym­bol of hon­esty, trust and hon­our in Por­tu­gal forever more.

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