"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Many Jobs of Gideon Rooster

Everyone associates a rooster with waking them up early in the morning with their loud cock-a- doodle-do......even on their days off...
and chasing the hens around the hen house.... and sometimes...we get thrown into the cooking pot.However....I have my side of the story to tell....
My name is Gideon Rooster. Yes, I am the farm's alarm clock, but I have so many other important jobs to do. I am the "guard dog " of my lady friends of the barnyard. I always watch everything that is going on around on the grounds.

This is my main squeeze....Pearl. She is the matching set to me....Kathleen calls us the salt and pepper shaker set of the barnyard.


I keep an eye on the inside and outside of the hen house. If old man coyote or his crawling friend, old man bull snake, come hanging around..... I am ready to fight for and defend my ladies.



This assurance of my protection gets many eggs laid...




and many offspring hatched .





Whether we roam the grounds.....






or walk the hen house fence.... I am constantly on the job, keeping watch over my brood. Each lady is dear to me.








When night gets ready to fall.....

I head everyone back to hay filled nests of the hen house,





and make sure everyone is with me, where we gather for a restful nights sleep. I have an important life.... I am known as the ruler of the roost.....and I am treated like the king!



















27 comments:

Lanny said...

What a brave rooster he is!

LindaSueBuhl said...

Quite the noble rooster -no stew pot for him!

Sand Flat Farm said...

Quite the saucy guy! Hope I get to have some chickens one of these days!

Childers Corner said...

They do look like salt and pepper shakers lol.

Mildred said...

What a gentleman! Love the reference to salt & pepper!

Nancy M. said...

Hey, if he's good with fighting off the coyotes,can I borrow him, lol! He's a very handsome roo!

Sunny said...

Another great story, Kathleen! You are soooo entertaining.... and I love your pictures!

Carol............. said...

I love your pictures. I'm anxious to see how my 24 new pullets will do when it comes time for them to lay eggs...still dreary in Washington State!

KathyB. said...

I agree with Nancy, if he is good at protecting the hens from coyotes..can I borrow him ? My roosters are pretty good at the strutting part, and the crowing, but coyotes? Nope!

Kelly said...

Gideon sounds like a responsible mature rooster. I have found that older roosters are better at this than the young ones. The young ones just have one thing on their mind! ;) Nice to meet you :) I found you wandering around looking for more chicken fanciers! Kelly

ga.farmwoman said...

Gideon Rooster is something else, alright!
I had so much fun looking at your site.
Can't wait to come back.
Have a great day.
pam

The Gingerbread House said...

Gideon is truly a Master Rooster :o)...Nature has some wonderful lessons to teach by watching animals...Fun Post..Ginny

City Mouse said...

Sounds like Gideon has got his game down. Pretty good lookin' to boot! LOL Seems like he's doing exactly what you would want a rooster to do. Good for him! I really enjoyed the pics and art.

K-Falls Farmgirl Cheryl said...

Kathleen, That Gideon is one handsome dude. ( are roosters called dudes?) well he is a match to my Dottie as well.. sh he could have an admireer if Dottie could only see him' Cute post. I enjoyed it.

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

I just loved this post and I just enjoy your blog so much. I have a sassy rooster like yours.And I so enjoy hearing him crow in the morning and through out the day.
Blessings,
Sue

Julie said...

Oh, Miss Kathleen.......

Your roosters are so pretty!
Our neighbors have roosters and the crow all hours of the day and pretty much ALL day. What is THAT about? I've never lived around chickens before, so I'm wondering if something is wrong with that bunch over there?!?!?

How do you get rid of your ground squirrels? Maybe that would work with our moles???

Blessings,
Julie

Conni said...

I love black and white chickens!

Princess S said...

Sir Gideon you seem like a real gentleman. Those ladies of yours are very lucky to have you. Keep up the good work!!!!

Amy said...

Gideon is very handsome. What a nice introduction to him and his duties.

Paula said...

Dear Kathleen,
Your rooster and chickens are so beautiful! I love the colors of their eggs. We buy eggs from a family farm and they look just like yours! The yolks are such a bright yellow, too. I hope, one day, to keep chickens of our own. Thank you for sharing! Love, Paula

Crystal Jigsaw said...

What absolutely lovely markings and delightful photographs. I have Isa Browns which give me lovely free range eggs everyday, most of which I sell.

I've thought about getting a rooster, but my husband just won't budge. Maybe one day.

CJ xx

Daisy said...

Nice to meet you King Gideon! You have a big job to do! :D

The Whites said...

Delightful post - Reminds me of my grandma's roosters!

Blessings,
Mandy

FarmHouse Style said...

"Hi Gideon, I'm Ollie, the head rooster over at FarmHouse Style. I've only got a second here at the computer while my Mom is busy 'Oooing and Ahhing' over the new chicks. I wanted to send you a big Cock-a-doole-do. Being the King of the roost does have it's sweet advantages... but it's not for the faint of heart, especially when there is trouble, hawks and dogs and such. Keep a watchful eye my good man. I guess I better get back to my girls before my Mom comes back up from playing with the babies... she is such a softie."

DayPhoto said...

I really enjoy my rooster. He has calmed down a lot since he and I had a battle, where I won! He has a big job with 15 hens (really too many) just keeping an eye on them must make him exhausted at night.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Farm Chick Paula said...

Gideon and Pearl are such a cute couple!! I always love hearing your animals "tell" their stories!!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Kathleen,
I visited Tipper's blog (Blind Pigs and Acorns) and decided to visit your site. I really like these photos of the chickens. You have an excellent blog.
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