The roosters of the Square du Temple

Walking through Paris with my friend Régis the other day, we came upon a beautiful park right across from the local city hall in the 3rd arrondissement (Paris has a city hall and a mayor for each neighborhood).

I’d stumbled on this park before, it’s called the Square du Temple, and it’s just lovely.

Huge gorgeous trees, kids playing, even a little pond in the middle — just great.

square-du-temple-parisWhat we didn’t expect to find in the park were two rather happy roosters.

There they were, just clucking away in the flowerbeds.

roostersI kept looking around, expecting to see someone claiming the birds. And finally another woman walked by and explained.

It seems the first bird appeared about a month ago.  A man from the countryside had come to town and dropped it off.  Reason unknown.  Then, a few days ago, a second man came by and dropped off his rooster as well. So now there were two.

I think we have a budding tradition.


It’s unclear how the birds will handle the winter. Paris winters are usually a bit better, or sometimes a bit worse, than the typical Washington, DC winter. And in addition to the cold, which I’ve read the birds can handle pretty well, there’s the question of what they’ll eat in the winter.  But I suspect if the city lets them hang out that long, someone will come by and throw them bird food (or whatever chickens eat).

It will be interesting to see if the city in fact lets them stay.

Here’s a quick video I shot of the roosters, with a quick cameo by Régis.

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18 Responses to “The roosters of the Square du Temple”

  1. MJ says:

    Some people think they can cause harm to innocent people and then skip away. Which is why so many people see the gay community as having no integrity. (Save that stuff for the dummy blogs like JMG).

  2. emjayay says:

    Jeeze, some people never forget.

  3. emjayay says:

    It was hanging around there for years, sometimes even wandering across the Coast Guard parking lot and onto their dock for some reason. Doing quite well on a diet I suppose supplemented or entirely based on whatever french fries etc. people drop. No fear of people, although in the wild they don’t pay a lot of attention either. Native Americans domesticated them, but they probably kind of domesticated themselves if you have enough food. Don’t know if she’s still there.

  4. Great news :) Oh god, I can imagine all sorts of little chickens running around, that would be adorable.

  5. A turkey?! And I love it with the squirrel!

  6. And like I’d be able to spot a hen LOL I wasn’t sure.

  7. Oh that’s funny, I never thought about chicken and gallus, or gallo in Spanish. That’s funny. Probably gallo in Italian I’d bet.

  8. HeartlandLiberal says:

    One of the national emblems of France, the Coq Gaulois (the Gallic
    Rooster) decorated French flags during the Revolution. It is the symbol
    of the French people because of the play on words of the Latin gallus meaning Gaul and gallus meaning coq, or rooster.

    Of course the potential for off color puns about the French is inviting. But I shall resist.

    Also, are you sure that first one at beginning of videos was not a hen? Looked like one to me, and was raised on a farm with the duty of shoveling out the hen house every six months.

  9. jacobmccandless says:

    “Paris winters are usually a bit better, or sometimes a bit worse”

    Ink and the bromides. Ah. Oh your mean the Iraqi lobbyist, right?

    Practically anyone on the east side of US coastline would jump into the middle of a spring breeze at the Country Crock.

  10. MJ says:

    Never mind. You owe me an answer to the crack about your telling me to find a “right wing gay blog.”

  11. emjayay says:

    Zelda has lived in Battery Park in Manhattan for years. Very American.

  12. emjayay says:

    Not something popular with neighbors, so I think often not allowed. Do all those backyard chicken raisers with the Eggloos only have girls, not boys? Is it necessary to have a male around to encourage egg laying? OK, not a farmer….

  13. Ron Robertson says:

    Actually, one of those is a hen and the other a rooster. They’ll have no problem handling Paris winters.

  14. MJ says:

    Agree. I never thought of it until I actually saw one. And sometimes I’d pass by the Brooklyn roosters around sunrise and they were actually crowing the whole wake-up cock-a-doodle-doo thing, which I wouldn’t doubt these French roosters do too.

  15. Indigo says:

    Key West also has resident chickens, both roosters and hens and little chicks as well, from time to time.

  16. woodroad34 says:

    this is ripe for puns….two pretty male birds in clucking in a park–what would one hundred moms say…. ce qui le coq de le coq de la moyenne de marche

  17. I was surprised as to how pretty of an animal they were.

  18. MJ says:

    Cool ! (There’s a yard in Brooklyn I regularly pass by that, surprisingly,has roosters walking around. They do have their own beauty).

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