Monday, January 11, 2010

Butch the Rooster

John the farmer was in the fertilized egg business.
He had several hundred young layers (hens), called "pullets"
and eight or ten roosters, whose job was to fertilize the eggs.

The farmer kept records and any rooster that didn't perform went into the soup pot
and was replaced. That took an awful lot of his time so he bought a set of tiny bells
and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone so John could tell
from a distance, which rooster was performing. Now he could sit on the porch
and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.

The farmer's favorite rooster was old Butch, and a very fine specimen he was, too.
But on this particular morning John noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all!

John went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing.
The pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.
But to Farmer John's amazement, Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring.
He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

John was so proud of Butch, he entered him in the Boone County Fair
and Butch became an overnight sensation among the judges.

The result..... The judges not only awarded Butch the No Bell Piece Prize but they also
awarded him the Pulletsurprise as well. Clearly Butch was a politician in the making:
who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards
on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when
they weren't paying attention?

Hmmm...could this be how, why, Obama came to be awarded 'the' prize.....????


Tina said...

i learned a song about a rooster at church camp when i was in junior high. it's pretty funny. i'll have to write it down and email it to you.

EO said...

Wow an efficient way to raise chickens. Wonder what the farmer did for chicken incubation counts.