The Truth about Mean Rooster


Once upon a time, there was a little chick named Lucky. He was the lone hatchling from the Great Incubator Disaster of 2008. (You can read Lucky’s story here.) Lucky–despite his moniker of good fortune–was unlucky in that he was alone. And lonely. Every chick needs another chick to rub fluff with and snuggle up to under the heat lamp.

It was a happy day when the second batch I’d put in the incubator started hatching. The very next little chick born was this sweet, adorable thing.

We named her Tatiana, and Lucky was so glad to have her company.

Of course, it’s always a bad idea to make assumptions about the sex of chicks right after they hatch. Lucky turned out to be a beautiful hen.
And Tatiana–
(Morgan, leaning out the car window as I hang back in fear and dread because Mean Rooster is lurking by the driver’s side door. Waiting for me. He likes to do creepy stuff like that.)


  1. Ms E says:

    At last, we arrive at the root of his sociopathic tendencies!

  2. Christine says:

    ROTFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You make me miss my Old Bob. Well, maybe only a little.

  3. CindyP says:

    Ummm, yeah, I guess that could cause some very major, deep rooted antisocial tendencies. Imagine the ridicule he received from the hens………..

  4. monica says:

    Will your health insurance pay for rooster psychotherapy? Poor guy needs it.

    We sadly had to give one of our roosters away. When we put them back in the same run, they attacked each other. Feathers, blood torn combs–not a pretty sight. We kept the mean one since he was a perfect gentleman while the other one was at the fair and he would surely fight the other roosters at the new farm. George has 8 girlfriends now all to himself! He even lets me pick him up and put neosporin on his wounds–such a baby. I want to make sure it is well healed before winter hits!

  5. IowaCowgirl says:

    Ah yes, …a boy named sue…

  6. Dawn says:

    That rooster needs to become the chicken part of chicken and noodles!

  7. Judy says:

    You make my day coming here in the mornings. :sun:

  8. Phyllis Ryan says:

    “What is in a name………” Apparently a lot of resentment and just plain meaness. But you have to admit he is a beautiful (but mean) rooster.

  9. Bev says:

    Is Tatiana mean to anyone but you Suzanne? The poor fella…no wonder he is aggressive, he is just overcompensating!

  10. sondra says:

    You must admit, he is a nice looking feller!

  11. ML says:

    Really? Your second chick that hatched is Mean Rooster? For a moment there I thought you were about to confess that Lucky is Mean Rooster, thank goodness that’s not true. I know he’s mean, but he sure does add some hilarity to your blog! 😀

  12. Hallie says:

    Have you tried holding off mean rooster with a squirt gun? You may be able to condition him to back off at the sight of your “weapon.” Roosters are a necessary nuisance.

  13. Judy Mitchell says:

    Yep! Shoulda named that sucker, SUE! ROFL

  14. .Nancy in Iowa says:

    OMG, now I really feel deep emotional sympathy pain for Mean Rooster. Let this be a warning to all chicken herders – make sure you give your feathered buddies neutral names until you are positive you aren’t doing psychological damage!!! :chicken: :dancingmonster:

  15. Estella says:

    This blog makes my day!

  16. Sheila says:

    As a 6 yr old I had to deal with a mean rooster. I say Tatiana would make a tasty Beer Butt Chicken on the grill.

  17. Sheryl (Runningtrails) says:

    Lucky is such a gorgeous girl!!She’s just beautiful!

  18. Sarah in Sanford says:

    “I despise a floggin’ rooster” – Ruby Thewes from the movie Cold Mountain just before she rings it’s neck. That is what I think about everytime you post a picture of Mean Rooster.

  19. angie says:

    We actually had a Great Incubator Disaster of 2009 which resulted in one lone chick out of 48 eggs. Dont know yet if its a hen or rooster, but its name is Benjamin Franklin. I have no clue why. :chicken:

  20. C says:

    Yes, reminds me of “A Boy Named Sue” (how do you do!). C

  21. trish says:

    Mean Rooster is one of my faves. Not everyone can be nice!!! lol
    Wouldn’t want to meet him though. I would be as skittish as Suzanne!!

  22. Colleen says:

    I have been visiting your blog this evening and have to say that I really would love to have all those animals and lead that kind of life. My other half has never said no to me except when I asked if I could get some rabbits, chickens and ducks. Sure seems like a lot of fun!

  23. Taryn says:

    We had a lovely cat named Natasha and wanted some babies out of her…until his male parts grew in. We consoled him and told him he was Natasha, the Russian Prince.

  24. Double Trouble Ranch says:

    We had a one legged rooster. He wasn’t mean at all. He became handicapped after being a chick and the CAT dug out under the chick coop on their first day out of the box!!! Mean cat! Glad she is dead now. Killed one other chick so the one legged rooster came inside to the ICU. What a hoot he was, you could hear him coming through the concret barn isle. HOP HOP HOP

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