On the northern shores of Lake Sinclair, where the highway between Milledgeville and Eatonton parallels Rooty Creek, there is a country lane known as Possum Point Drive. About noon Feb. 28, a woman there called 911 to complain about some chickens. A pair of Angora roosters — “a big old red one and a big old black one,” she said — were scratching around in her flower bed. A Putnam County sheriff’s deputy sent to check on the disturbance described the flower bed as “very desolate.” Nothing was growing there. Even so, the woman who’d complained, a 65-year-old who works at an area package store, said that each spring she likes to plant sultanas, which her mother adored. The bed lies below a bird feeder. The chickens apparently found the scattered seeds very much to their liking. According to the deputy’s report, he told the chickens’ owner, a young woman who lives nearby, to keep her roosters caged or someone might, as he put it, “turn them into fried chicken.” The next day when the Cop Shop spoke to the woman who’d called the law, she said the roosters hadn’t been back. “I hate to complain,” she said, but she’d grown weary of seeing the fowl in her yard every day at sunup. “I love to watch my birds,” the woman said, and old roosters don’t qualify. They’d be wise not to return. “When I plant me some flowers and go out there and there’s a damn rooster,” she said, “you know what I’m gonna do with him? You’ll be invited to chicken dumplings.”
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