Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Foodie Friday: A Rooster Tale


A few weeks ago, my husband, the Big Guy, decided to enter his favorite rooster in the county fair. The rooster was caught without much fanfare. All it took was watermelon--and a hen eating the melon. My husband swooped down, caught the rooster, and didn't get spurred. But he experienced a few nail-biting moments, because the competition was fierce; all the other chickens had been bathed, and ours was a bit dusty.

But Roo won a blue ribbon.

After we brought Roo home, my husband asked me to take their photo. But the rooster flew out of the crate and escaped into the front yard. He was fast!

Big, Bandwidth, and I ran around like the Three Stooges, but Roo outsmarted us. Now he's living by the pool, crowing at dawn. He can't find the barn, and we can't catch him.

It's a definite smile-maker to glance out the window and see the rooster strutting up the driveway or pecking in the grass. My husband brought Roo a hen for company, and we thought a happy ending was at hand. The next morning, the hen was in the barn, and Roo was alone. Again.

Solution: Put out chicken scratch and buy his 'n her earplugs.
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72 comments:

  1. Oh this is great Michael, congrats on the Blue Ribbon! I hope you'll consider joining the Barnyard Bash with this post:@)

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  2. Your post is a definite smile-maker, Michael. I laughed from start to finish!

    Congratulations on the blue ribbon!

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  3. Congratulations on Roo winning, but sorry he got away. Hope he finds his way back to the barn.
    Hope you are having a great week.

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  4. What a tale! Perhaps you can work this into one of your books. It's definitely worthy of some chuckles and smiles!

    Congrats to Big Guy (and Roo) for winning the blue ribbon.
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  5. Thats one handsome lil rooster! I can see why it won a blue ribbon.

    I think he was mighty glad to get out of that cage and get back home though!

    Cute post!
    Hugs, Sherri:)

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  6. Congratulations on the blue ribbon! I can envision the "chase" after Roo. Very comical.

    If you have a moment, stop by and read about my aunt's neighborhood security. http://amusingpotpourri.blogspot.com/2010/07/neighborhood-security.html

    Have a great day! La

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  7. I think life is strange at our house...???

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  8. He is quite handsome and deserves the Blue Ribbon! And he is one smart roo...until he needs the safety of the hen house. Hope he makes his way back soon.

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  9. I love your rooster "tale"!! Your house sounds like there is never a dull moment ... how fun :)

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  10. I guess the saying holds... you can lead a rooster to a hen but..., or something like that. Great story and congratulations to you all for the big blue ribbon!

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  11. Congrats to Roo! Even a bit dusty, they knew a winner! Love the bit about you 3 chasing him around. Had a little giggle over that one.

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  12. I think after he won that pretty blue ribbon, Roo SHOULD be able to strut his stuff! I would have loved to have seen the 3 of you trying to catch that proud guy! He really is pretty. Hope the ear plugs work. laurie

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  13. Yay for Roo! Give him his freedom I say. Love this post. olive

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  14. That is such a funny story. I can't believe he is not going in at night; especially with a hen waiting for him. When we let our chickens out they always come back in. He may just think he's better than them know since he won a blue ribbon. :)

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  15. Michael Lee, Roo is definitely a handsome guy. Congratulations on the Blue Ribbon. You need to link this post to the Barnyard Bash this Friday.
    The image of the three of you chasing Roo around the yard is amusing. Perhaps this scene will appear in a future book? :-)
    Thanks for sharing. Hope all is good with you. ~ Sarah

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  16. Wha a beautiful Rooster and to boot, a blue ribbon. Love his name. I am sure you will get lots of enjoyment.

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  17. Congratulations on the 1st place winning. Maybe Roo thinks he is too good for the barn now!! ;-D

    xoxo
    Jane

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  18. I bet Big is as proud as a peacock and is strutting his stuff! Congrats to him!
    How are you going to keep them down on the farm after they've seen...a blue ribbon!

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  19. I wonder if any your readers know about the fox that made off with the chickens. :( Maybe they wouldn't be as happy about Roo's freedom. It was the first thing that came to my mind when he took off. I hope he stays safe.

    Hugs
    'D'

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  20. Hi Michael! We have chickens and a rooster...and yes they can be a little feisty and tempermental! What a funny story...I totally enjoyed it. What a great picture of the rooster running, leaving tread marks where he went! Hahaha.
    I loved it. I also loved the miraculous story you left in my comments on my blog! Wow...it was amazing. Thanks so much!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  21. Congratulations ~ He's a handsome roo!! No wonder he won.

    Believe me, I KNOW how difficult it is to capture them with the camera. I've been trying to get a couple of good shots of our roos for weeks. Soon I hope, fingers crossed! xo~m

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  22. Congrats, he is a beautiful rooster. I can just remember how my Grandmother's rooster would crow so early in the morning. I hated that! Love & blessings from NC!

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  23. Well, he's quite the looker and has a mind of his own. Not a bad thing in a rooster! Good luck getting him back inside. Maybe his favorite food will coax him? (I don't know nothing about catching no roosters...)
    xo
    Heidi - Heart and Home

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  24. A winning chicken??? Bravo to you and great piece of writing about the stealthy rooster... and it generated a good hearty laugh.

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  25. Now that is funny. but congrats on the ribbon. keep us posted on the next phase.. I hope he finds the barn!

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  26. Well isn't he a clever boy! This post put a smile on my face :)

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  27. Congrats on the blue ribbon, that's something to crow about!
    Love that rooster!

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  28. Oh, how funny! Congratulations on the blue ribbon.

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  29. What a funny story! I can imagine Roo will be a tough guy to corral. I hope you got those earplugs!

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  30. What a lovely and funny Rooster tale! I thoroughly enjoyed the tale! Thanks for posting it!
    I :)

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  31. I love looking around your blog!
    Cheers!
    Rita

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  32. Roo IS a smart rooster..... LOL what a funny and cute story. Good luck with gettin' him rounded up :)

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  33. Michael, your house so often sounds like mine- it does make for some giggles! He is a handsome guy, isn't he!
    xoxo pattie

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  34. I love the comedy our chickens bring as well. Never a dull moment when you live on a farm!

    Congrats on the blue ribbon!

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  35. The adventures of a one rooster who is NOT henpecked!

    Pat
    www.critteralley.blogspot.com

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  36. What a cute story. Love that rooster! Thanks for hosting.
    Sherry

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  37. A great story and plus you have a winner!!

    I have a New Giveaway from The French Basketeer I think you will love!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  38. LOL! At least he escaped AFTER he won the blue ribbon :-)

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  39. Hi
    I love this post. We had chickens and a few roosters in the 70's They are so funny
    xoxo
    Betty

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  40. How funny! Growing up we had a rooster, my Dad named him Joe, and he came when you called his name.
    Congrats on the blue ribbon! He's beautiful!
    ~Liz

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  41. Roo is a fine specimen!! I thought for sure you were going to say running around like a chicken with their head cut off --it's pretty crazy. I saw it as a child and it traumatized me for life :) Roo is smarter than all of us-- Congrats on the blue ribbon!

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  42. Thanks for sharing your Blue-Ribbon Rooster Tale! :)

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  43. A Blue Ribbon!! That is pretty cool. Congratulations.

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  44. Way to go Roo! I guess he's gotten too big for his britches now that he's won lol. I did a fair post too :-)

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  45. He is a handsome rooster! Maybe you can lead him to the barn with a trail of watermelon pieces. : )

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  46. Congrats on the blue ribbon. That Roo is a character. This is my first time linking to Foodie Friday, but I've stopped by a lot before to check out the yummy recipes and peruse around your lovely blog.

    All the Best,

    Requi

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  47. Congratulations! I had a rooster
    growing up - his name was Rocky and he was not a prize winner - but he was very mean! He loved to peck and chase me and my sisters! I don't miss him.
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    Concetta

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  48. I can see why Roo won a blue ribbon - he's a lovely rooster. Bless him, I hope he finds his way back to the barn eventually - having said that, he looks like he is pretty happy where he is!! Thanks for hosting Foodie Friday!

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  49. What a great tale, something to crow about for sure! Thanks for having me over and have a happy weekend.

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  50. Beautiful looking rooster but I'd run a mile if it took one step towards me!!! Sooo scared of them!!

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  51. Roosters scrare me! Congrats on your win!

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  52. That is some smart "Roo"...I remember the crowing of a rooster early in the a.m. from my childhood...what a memory!!!

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  53. Roo is a fine-looking fellow! Congrats to all! He'll come back to his regular routine eventually. ;-)

    I linked up the adoption event I just hosted. Well over 20 recipes shared like Honeyed Figs with Rosemary Goat Cheese, Anti-Goldfish Cracker, Cinnamon Pomegranate Sauce on Pan-Fried Pork Chops, Breakfast and Savory Waffles (great for sandwiches), and so many more. Enjoy!

    Shirley

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  54. Roo just thinks with the wonderful Blue ribbon he needs to strut his stuff to the world! Cooler temps may bring him back to the roost.

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  55. Aww love your Roo, and roo story, silly guy! I have that problem too, my Rooster is scared to death of me!

    I think he thinks I am top Rooster, ha ha.

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  56. Such a funny story! Congratulations on the blue ribbon, he really is incredibly beautiful. Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday!

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  57. Roo is a fine looking rooster for sure and deserves that blue ribbon!
    What a fun story... I shared it with my granddaughter and we laughed at your family antics of trying to catch Roo.
    Have a great week end!
    Rainey

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  58. LOL really funny. This is MY kind of barnyard bash - - - involving a REAL barnyard fowl.

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  59. Find where ROO is roosting at night and slip out in the dark,and you can easily slip up and catch him....good luck.

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  60. How funny! Roo so deserved the blue ribbon. Not only for looks but for his quickness and smarts. Thanks for sharing such a great story!!

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  62. I loved the post, we have a couple of roos of our own. They're a lot of fun and great characters.
    Thanks for hosting Foodie Friday!

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  63. Ok, I can't begin to tell you how much I adore Foodie Friday. I finally got my act together so I could play along. Thanks for hosting such fun entertainment.
    And Roo, don't read my post. Because you just might spy your friends in the Asian market.
    Michael Lee, make sure you scroll back to last Wednesday's post "An Amish Buggy Ride..." because it has some fun shots of the sweetest rooster EVER! I wanted to kidnap him and not for dinner. :)

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  64. Just wanted to say Hi Michael Lee and to thank you once again for picking me as the winner of the Le Creuset Pan on your facebook giveaway! Have a wonderful weekend, fondly, Roberta
    http://con-tain-it.typepad.com

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  65. Sometimes the true stories are the funniest! I think your Roo is beautiful! Hope he comes in before it gets too cold! Linda

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  66. That is one good looking chicken! What's the matter with that old Hen anyway?

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  67. Congratulations on the blue ribbon rooster. I have friends whose children raise chickens in 4-H. I was shocked to hear that they are shampooed (Breck) before arriving at the fair, after drying with a hair dryer so they won't catch cold.

    Hers are sometimes "free range", too. That is the correct rural term for escaping from the hen house fence. (I think)

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  68. Michael, it's so funny, have linked up my Oatmeal & raisin Cookies post, thanks for hosting Foodie Friday...

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  69. Just goes to show that the hens are smarter than the roosters! Good luck getting him back where he belongs! Oh and congratulations on the Blue Ribbon, he's a looker...that's for sure!

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  70. That is hilarious! My favorite pic is the one of him running like the wind across your green grass! :) Wonder why he can't find the barn...maybe he likes sunnying himself by the pool. :)

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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