The Good, the Bad, and the Banty


The confinement was torture.

Spartacus listened to the big chickens cavorting in the chicken yard from which he was banned. Banned! Banned for his size, banned for his breed, banned for nothing that was his fault. And those big chickens? Did they care? Did they feel his pain? No.

You will fear me someday!” he hissed at them through the cracks in the chicken house. “I’m a big chicken, too!”

But all they did was laugh.

He bided his time, watching old spaghetti westerns on TV and plotting his revenge. One day… One day! His day would come. He would be a fearsome hero, just like Clint Eastwood. “Make my day,” he hissed to those big chickens in the yard.

And then the day did come, the day when new chicken wire was put up around the chicken yard. Spartacus joined the big chickens out in the big world.

He blazed out into the chicken yard. “I am here! Fear me now!” he announced.

He stood as straight and tall as he could stretch. But did they care? Did they notice? Did they bow to him in their midst and give him his due? Did they fear him at all? No.

The big chickens ignored him. They called him “little chicken” and sometimes they even stepped on him. Did they not know he was a fearsome hero? Did they not know he was like Clint?

He would show them!

“Prepare to die.”


  1. Kathryn says:

    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

    I love to start the day with a visit here. I am so happy Big, Baaaaad Sparticus made it to the great outdoors.

  2. Maureen says:

    Who knew chicken stories could be so entertaining.

  3. Carolyn A. says:

    What a big scary guy you are Spartacus! Now you’ll show them who rules the roost! I thought I would fall over laughing at this one. Suzanne, you are just too funny. xxoo

  4. happyathome says:

    Weee ooo weee ooo weeeeeeee……….whaooo wha whoa……
    I am sure I do not have to define this!

  5. Heidi says:

    Girl you are having SO much fun with this chicken!! LOL How dull it would be in your hen house without the Great Sparticus Chicken Hero!!! LOL

  6. Kim A. says:


    ROTFLMAO off at that last pic!

    -Kim :rotfl:

  7. Kristen says:

    Pretty funny stuff :rotfl:

  8. Blaze says:

    I laughed so hard I snorted :mrgreen:

  9. CarolW says:

    The chickens are so brilliant, I can’t believe how big they are and the colours of them now. Spartacus will always be Dirty Harry to me now.

  10. Jyl says:

    That is so funny! But I have to ask, what is the white stuff on the ground?

  11. Kaye says:

    The last picture is hysterical!

  12. Suzanne McMinn says:

    That’s a photo effect, the “curling smoke” of his imaginary movie set backdrop. :mrgreen:

  13. Sue says:

    You make my day every day
    I love your blog!!!
    Oh yes your books too

  14. Lora says:

    Oh Suzanne, you made me squirt coffee out of my nose.

  15. Snapper says:

    Great way to start off my day…chicken funnies.

  16. jane says:

    THEY ARE HUGH!!!!!! They grew so fast!!!! No where are the eggs. Again you should write childrens books too

  17. Annie says:

    The ongoing adventures of Spartacus. So funny!

  18. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    Looks as if the new sherriff has arrived. :rambo: Won’t be no time til he has those big chickens behaving. Just goes to show you “size isn’t everything”. ๐Ÿ˜† Have a great day and :hug: to all.

  19. becki says:

    Don’t you love Photoshop?

    Our Princess was invited to go on a cruise! to Mexico. Although we live on the Texas coast, she was amazed at the water. Her quote? God went crazy with photoshop.

  20. Diane says:

    Do ya feel lucky punks? Do ya?

  21. TeresaH says:

    How funny. I agree, you should be writing childrens books too Suzanne. :chicken:

  22. Kacey says:

    LOL!!! Too funny!! :rotfl:

  23. Treasia says:

    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: I laughed so hard I snorted coffee on my monitor. Thanks for starting out today with a huge laugh.

  24. Crystal B. says:

    LOL! I love it. ๐Ÿ˜†

  25. Claudia W says:

    Thank goodness I hadn’t taken a sip of coffee when I saw that last picture. You are so amazing! I just love starting my day at your blog. You just get my day off to a wonderful start! Thank you!

  26. Tori Lennox says:

    Spartacus needs his own book/movie series!

  27. Sharon Elkins says:

    I think you’re spending waaaaayy too much time with the chickens.

  28. Beckynsc says:

    I can see it now…
    Wanted posters. :shocked:
    Spartacus Banty Wanted
    The 6 gun toting Banty chicken is considered armed and dangerous.
    Approach with caution!
    Love the fun your having with this Banty chicken! :thumbsup:
    Can’t wait for the next chapter!! :typing:

  29. Julie says:

    Uhoh! If you were one of my Art students the Principal would FREAK out if I didnt send you to the office for drawing (gasp!) GUNS!!!! Too funny! My chickens are not nearly as interesting as yours!

  30. Donna says:

    :mrgreen: Spartacus! They are soo so big now! Such pretty colors! I know you feel like a mom over them! Your babies!
    Laughing at Princess’ jeans..what a character she is! Yep, she needs some “footie pajamas” for teens! LOL :rockon: :mrgreen:

  31. Brandy says:

    Yay! Spartacus! *G* What? I think he’s cute. *G*

  32. Shimmy Mom says:

    LOL Poor Spartacus, he has little man syndrome!

  33. Kim W says:

    THAT was GREAT! lol I’d like to see a cat walk by him w/those guns drawn…. :shocked:

    Blessings from Ohio…

  34. Amy Addison says:

    I sure hope Spartacus doesn’t devlop too much of a Napoleon Complex or you might have a Chicken-Run-esque escape on your hands ๐Ÿ˜‰

    As far as the walking on their pants thing….makes me CRAZY! :wall: That and “scuffing” instead of walking. Grrrr….

  35. Jean says:

    You are SO funny! I got busy and didn’t get to start my day with your blog yesterday and I felt bereft all day. Thanks so much for sharing.

  36. Employee No. 3699 says:


    Love your chicken stories. Looking forward to more.

  37. Susan says:

    Spartacus will teach all of those big chickens a lesson! :rambo: ๐Ÿ˜†

  38. catslady says:

    ROFLMAO Oh, it’s all been said but I too think you just have to write some children’s books – especially with the added artwork :rotfl:

  39. Shirley says:

    I’m proud of the little banty rooster. He’ll get them all lined out.

    BTW, when will you start getting eggs?

  40. Jodie says:

    Thanks for the update on our feisty little friend! :rotfl:

  41. Karen B says:

    :chicken: :rambo: OMG – just tooooooooo funny.

  42. Jeannie says:

    Your chicken reminds me of Achmed, the dead terrorist- check it out:

  43. Estella says:

    Too funny, Suzanne!

  44. Jessica says:

    Halarious! i love sparticus! i really enjoy reading about your chickens and your cats and even the baby goats b/c i live in the big city and cant experience the joy of breeding chicks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. jaq says:

    LMBO at that last pic. lol. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

  46. Christine says:

    ROTFLOL! Oh, that’s PRICELESS!

  47. Wendy says:

    Who knew that one little chicken could amuse so many people. Does he know he has a following?

  48. Kim says:

    I read. I smiled. I laughed.

  49. Ann in TN says:

    I AM CRACKING UP!!!!!!!!!!!!! :rotfl:

  50. jennie says:

    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
    i’m so totally a regular reader now!


  51. James says:

    I love Spartacus and hope he did well. What a awesome ‘little’ chicken.

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