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Rooster Wars

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A few weeks ago my husband Tom decided to let the chickens free-range. After all, if we were turning the Guinea fowl loose, it only seemed right to allow the chickens to forage for weed seeds and bugs as well.

Unfortunately, our rooster has decided he's king of all he surveys -- which he will prove by coming after us, wings spread and beak agape. I tried a few gentle kicks in the wishbone, but the stupid thing didn't get the idea. One day I happened to have a bucket of water on hand, and being soaked discouraged him for a few days.

Still, last week I was outside, unarmed, checking on the Guineas' water when he went on the attack again. I kicked, backed up, kicked again, all the while calling for Tom. When Tom arrived, he was armed with half a bucket of water which he used to soak the rooster, then proceeded to whack him a couple of times for good measure. Rooster has developed a great respect for blue buckets, and a somewhat lesser respect for Tom.

This afternoon, I was out emptying some trash tires from the bed of the truck to carry them over to where we're putting in our root cellar, when Rooster decided I was fair game. I grabbed a hefty piece of tree branch from the driveway and proceeded to give him a lick upside the head. He started after me again, then decided retreat was called for. As I carried the tires over one by one, he kept looking at me as if to say, "See, I'm minding my own business, so don't start any trouble."

A neighbor is giving a class on killing and processing chickens next month. Anybody know a good rooster and dumplings recipe?
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    Maybe some rooster treats would have changed his attitude.
    2032 days ago
    He sounds like he has the same issues that the geese at the golf course have. When my ex and I used to go there so he could hit some balls, I would go and read a book and look out over the lake. But there was the goose who always came up behind me and bit my butt. He would never let up, even when I got off the bench! And no person threatened him - it was his lake and he was putting me in my place!
    2125 days ago
    roosters can be tough and stringy! How old is he?

    2126 days ago
    Funny - I can just see that rooster trying to establish dominance!
    2128 days ago
    Life with animals sounds like a trip!
    2128 days ago
    You will have to copy and paste this into your browser, but shoot, you can find anything on the Internets.

    2128 days ago
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