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I wrote about “Ferdinand the Bull”–the rooster–the other day. He was getting beaten up in the chicken house and yard every day by the other roosters. He’d started hiding in a corner. Ferdinand was too sweet to fight. We let him out of the chicken house to roam the barnyard freely where he could live in peace and pick daisies.

Unfortunately for Ferdinand–or Chester or Herman or George, whatever we’re calling him on any given day–he’s too sweet to handle the ducks, either, and they were eating his food every time we tried to feed him.

Now our seemingly pet rooster is coming up every afternoon to eat in the cellar bar.
He eats several little bowlfuls until he’s had his fill.
Check out his feathers. He was such a pretty rooster, and will be again when his feathers grow back out.
The other roosters were pretty rough on him.
But he’s already doing a lot better, and he especially enjoys strolling back to the barnyard and telling the other mean roosters about his special dining accommodations. The ducks follow him up to the cellar and quack outside the door. That’s what they get for not sharing well with others!

The rooster comes up every day out of the barnyard around 3 or 4, waiting for Rodney’s truck to come up the driveway, then he runs after him to the cellar. I pretty much think he’d like to just live in the cellar–it’s nice and toasty in there with the gas heater–but he’s booted out when he stops eating.

Eventually he may figure that out and just never stop eating. Or he’ll start asking for beer to extend his stay–it IS the bar!


  1. Nancy in Savannah says:

    Doesn’t he know that a plump rooster might be good eating?

  2. Joell says:

    Bless his little heart. I hope his feathers come back soon. He know a good thing too.

  3. Esor says:

    Love this story. Thank you.

  4. jodiezoeller says:

    I still think you need to write a children’s book or three about your farm animals. You have given them such personalities in your posts here. I even miss those long gone like the little lamb Annabelle and the goat (?) that you dressed up all the time. Haven’t heard about the dogs recently or the horses. Love reading about your animals.

  5. bumblebee says:

    Awww… thanks for that cute story about your rooster! HOW adorable! I love how he waits for Rodney’s truck and comes running. Sweet little guy~! All your animals are very blessed to live with you!! :moo: I agree with the other poster that you could write adorable children’s books that would be SO loved!!! You have so many talents. Thanks for sharing all this with us!! XOX

  6. beforethedawn says:

    Poor guy. He is a handsome rooster, and lucky to be so well cared for by the humans.

    I’ve lost track of your animal inventory. We used to get updates and stories on everyone and I miss that. How are the horses? Are you milking the newer goats, the ones with the adorable ears? How is Maya?

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      The horses are fine! I’ll take a new picture of them soon. The new goats are the Boers–they’re meat goats. They haven’t even had babies yet, so will see if they got bred this fall, soon, or not, I’m not sure. Maia is fine also!

  7. beforethedawn says:

    Oh, meat goats, okay. I guess I forgot that. I’m glad everyone is fine!

  8. WvSky says:

    Great! I was getting worried about him and thought you might be becoming heartless Rooster hater. Take care of him! We always root for the outcasts ya know! :shimmy:

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