Monday, March 16, 2009

Shirley Joe is itching to GO......

Note: events and statements in this blog entry were actual statements made today-- but the order to the story and slight embellishment are taken at the liberty of the author.  

I felt like making the title rhyme.  I love to rhyme and so today is Rhyming Blog day!!!  I encourage everyone to try it.

There once was a rooster named Shirley Joe
Who every day at 5:00am would crow,
Shirley Joe as a chick was so nice and sweet,
But he attacked Margaret this morning so he'll soon be meat.......

Margaret went up to check on the Shirley Joe clan today and she came back saying that Joe wouldn't let her check the nest boxes.  I told her to take the step-in post(long 3-4 foot post) with her and go back but just hold it in front of her for defense.  He stays about 3 feet away when I did that this weekend so I thought I knew best (NOT!) 

So the next thing Mike and I see is Margaret doing some Jedi style maneuvers while Shirley Joe is flying up and attacking her.  Mike of course doesn't sense Margaret's fear and yells "Don't bruise the meat!"  She hurdles over the fence and down to mom and immediately lets the tears flow.  

I leaned over to kiss her check and dry her tears off and whispered in her ear ever so gently,
 "Do you want to eat him?".  
"Yes Mommy.  Can I cut out the guts?"

And here I thought we'd become vegetarians......

9 comments:

Michael@greenakeys.com said...

She could have bruised the meat is all I was saying.

The sight of Margaret running at Jesse Owens speed and hurdling the 42 inch high electronet fence in one bound was breathtaking in its hilarity. Man, that kid has a track and field future.

FASTER THAN A SHIRLEY JOE! MORE POWERFUL THAN SILENT E! ABLE TO LEAP ELECTRONET FENCING IN A SINGLE BOUND! ITS A BIRD! ITS A BAGGIE! ITS SUPER MAGGIE!!!!!

Nancy O said...

This is hysterical!

Fun at the farm AKA The Funny Farm

Blue Heron Farm said...

I love it. LOVE it.

We're eating Dory, too. Christian gets attacked a lot now. Someone else will cut out the guts.

Oh, and my security word below is "turd" though they spelled it terde. YOU pronounce "terde" some other way.

Michael@greenakeys.com said...

Nancy,

Annette was surfing all of the border collie blogs that you have on your site and she said she is ready to start collecting dogs. She wants an entire kennel full of BCs. Im afraid to take her to a clinic...

SteveandAlina said...

Oh, poor Margaret! I would have been scared to death!!!

Now here's a question: if he's a boy, does that mean he's a rooster or a male chicken? I'm confused???

And if he is a rooster... do people eat roosters?

Annette said...

a boy chicken is a rooster. And yes you eat males and females. For a small farm and maybe for big farms as well, typically the females become hens and lay eggs and then become stewing hens(chicken stock/chicken soup) at the end of their life. The males become 'chicken' and usually don't live as long.

But you can eat either as 'chicken'. Heard the phrase 'tough old bird'.....well, older birds are tougher. The meat is tougher and when you cut off their heads it's a little tougher as well.

And there you have it...chicken lesson for the day!

Michael@greenakeys.com said...

I love it when Annette explains it all.

SteveandAlina said...

Thanks for the lesson!
I am learning a lot from this blog. I can't even imagine how you guys find the time, with a busy family and Annette's job to learn and take care of your farm. My hat is off to you guys!!!!

Michael@greenakeys.com said...

Im letting Kevin do all the decision making. Makes it easier for me.