27b-Spring Break-Roosters of legend in Italy

“Rooster Ruckus” art glass miniatures by Lenox.

When the sunlight is bright I love to photograph the little figurines my late Mom collected.  Sunlight has a quality like no other form of lighting I’ve noticed when I take photos.  It is alive.  I can see subtle variations between the way things look when I focus the camera and just a few second later when the image is captured into the camera memory.  The photos of the rooster and chickens captured the light and mood I associate with Springtime.  To me these little figures are a reminder that the sleepy, reclusive days of winter are coming to an end.

I had some time this evening to surf the web to see if there were any stories about roosters in Italian folklore.  I found a few interesting stories plus a blog about a retiree raising chickens in Italy.  It’s pleasant reading if you have some leisure time so I’m providing a summary here along with links at the end of the posting.

*In many cultures having a decorative object with a rooster on it brings good luck to the household.  The rooster also symbolizes prosperity.

*In a Northern Italian region the logo for a brand of Chianti wine is a black rooster.  Legend tells of a dispute between two families that arose when each questioned the boundaries for their lands.  A challenge was accepted by each family to ride across their lands from early morning until the time when they caught up with each other.  That meeting point would mark the boundary they’d agree on.  One of the families kept their black rooster very hungry prior to the day they had to ride out.  The poor, starving rooster crowed much earlier than the rooster from the other family.  The owners of the black rooster rose earlier and covered more land by the time they met up with the rider from the other family.  The rooster belonging to that other family had crowed much later because he was not hungry and so could sleep until dawn.

*Another legend concerns Giuliano di Medici.  His roosters raised a ruckus when a group of assassins sneaked onto his lands with the intention of killing him.  Because his roosters roused the men who protected Giuliano, the assassins met a quick end.  In gratitude to the roosters, Giuliano commissioned artisans to create ceramic pitchers shaped like roosters.  He gave these as gifts to his friends.  In modern Italy a gift of such a pitcher carries with it the message that the giver hopes the recipient’s home remain safe from all harm.

You will also enjoy reading about Charlie, the Italian rooster that turned out to be a hen.  Her owner describes the delight in finding an egg every other day in Charlie’s nest along with watching all the hens run around the yard.


“Tradition of a Rooster in Kitchen”
By Benna Crawford
“In Search of the Black Rooster”
January 22, 2013
by Victoria DeMaio
“Legend of the Rooster Pitcher”
“A rooster in athe kitchen will bring good fortune”
by Martha Salinas-Veksler
July 14, 2010
“Chicken Stories From Italy: A Great Beginners Guide to Chickens”
The Grow Netowrk
December 9, 2015

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