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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Sam is just axing for trouble!

I was busily working to fill an order the other day- had on my nice clean lab coat (part of my "mad scientist soapmaker" persona) and was sterilizing jars and stuff when I suddenly realized it was past time to let Sam and the girls out for their evening run about. So I asked Mr. G. if he would let them out and make sure they had food and water. He grudgingly obliged. Everything was going well, I thought, when there suddenly arose from the back yard a terrible racket- Mr. G was hollering "Get Back! Get away! *#@*!!" and Sam was crowing and the girls were clucking and carrying on- it sounded like pure mayhem out there. Just about then Mr. G came in calling Sam all kinds of really nasty names, and saying if I ever asked him to do that again he was taking an axe out there with him and Sam would be headless! Turns out that when Mr. G. bent down to get the water dish out to refill it, Sam jumped on his back and proceeded to spur him. Now Sam has some pretty hefty spurs- and even though Mr. G had on a heavy shirt, Sam managed to make some nasty marks and broke the skin. I just don't understand how that rooster can be so well behaved around me (well, most of the time, anyway) and such a menace around Mr. G. It is kind of funny, though, to think about how a little banty rooster can get the better of a grown man....

I reminded Mr. G that there was a chicken who became famous after he had his head cut off- it was part of the Natural History of the Chicken program that has run on PBS a few times. There's even a festival to celebrate Mike, the Headless Chicken. Sam would be just ornery enough to survive without his head, too, just so he could make Mr. G's life miserable.

7 comments:

Farm Wife said...

I just have to ask, what breed is Sam? I've seen Amerucana (?), one that looks like a Plymoth Barred rock, and a Rhode Island Red. We have chickens ourselves and are always looking for a new breed.

roosterhen said...

farm wife- Sam is a bantam English game hen, or at least his mother and father were, but he looks very little like his father (whose pic is with a post earlier this month). The girls are Emily, an Ameraucana, Henrietta, a Rhode Island Red, and Monique, a Dominique. Monique is probably the smartest of the girls, and a very reliable layer.

Rhodent said...

Great blog!

tricia said...

We have a RIR rooster also. He is fairly well behaved, but anyone besides my husband and I better watch it if they turn their back to him...I've even caught him running towards me once or twice. But turn and look at him, and he acts as if nothing had happened.

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