Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This is What We Call The Muppet Show!!!!

I have to tell you...
I am happily riding along in the ebb and flow of farm life once again.

Up with the sun (and the rooster's crow),
I pull on my jeans and tee shirt and head out for a day of farm chores...
happier than a pig in mud!

The farm is lush and green, with blossoms everywhere you look!!
The gardens and animals are happy and thriving...
making life seem pretty darn rosy these days.

Do you remember two years ago when I brought those 
12 Ameraucana chicks home from the feed store?
Well, you might remember that 6 of the twelve turned out to be Roos
and ended up living together in the Frat House.
(The Frat House is a small coop located close to our house 
and far away from the hens.)

You might also remember that a couple of the more adventurous of those Roos
packed their bags and moved to the barn.

Eventually, there were only two Roos left at the Frat House.
We call them Statler and Waldorf.

(Yes, that's right...those two grumpy old men in the box seats of the Muppet Show.)

Life for Statler and Waldorf has gotten quite exciting since the new
young hens are allowed out in their yard.

The boys spend their days watching the lovely hens...
trying to figure out how they could get inside to fraternize.

"But wait a minute," says Statler.  "I am sure there are a few young gentlemen
amongst those ladies."

"Just what we need," mumbles Waldorf,  "more competition."

Overhearing their conversation,
I decided to take stock of my hens,
and sure enough there were 6 that were quite suspiciously growing large combs.

I placed a call to Murray McMurray Hatchery, because I seem to remember 
a note on the invoice saying that there may have been some
males added to the shipment for warmth.

Sure enough, sweet Gladys answered on the other end of the line that
"yes, indeedy" some Red Star Roosters were added for warmth.
"What do they look like?"  she asked.
"White with a little rust on their backs?"
"Yup,"  I gulped.

"Why, yes indeedy, that's them!" she cackled.

Back to the henhouse to count....
one, two, three, four, five, six.
Oh, please say it isn't so...
six more roosters!



 It's so.

This is what they will look like in another month or so...

Goodness gracious!
Oh my... Statler and Waldorf are going to have a big adjustment to make.
And mornings around the farm are going to be a whole lot noisier!
And I'll be singing this tune....

"And now let's get things started 
Why don't you get things started 
It's time to get things started 
On the most sensational inspirational celebrational Muppetational 
This is what we call the Muppet Show!" 

(Gonzo blows his trumpet)


  1. oh no! that's really not good news is it? good grief! the rain missed us. we had a spritz but nowhere near what we need. and now the heat wave is on. i've already watered for hours this morning.

  2. Cute post ! I have always like the two old codgers in the booth they were funny ! Oh my lots of roos gona be a challenge with all them . Hope all is good in the hen house . The girls will keep them in line I am sure of it lol ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

  3. Love those two characters! How lucky could you get... six more, eh? LOL

  4. So glad things are going well for you! Enjoy!

  5. Too funny! I love the time period when they're learning to crow... so cute! Won't be long you'll have to invest in some earplugs if you want to sleep in a few extra minutes, lol!

    They're going to be pretty boys though.

  6. Oh my goodness, so many roosters. Why would they add so many to one shipment? Well, at least there will be no lack of partying at the frat house. I love the names you've chosen for those two "old boys" of yours.

  7. I have been trying to figure out the sex of our teenagers - I think we have a rooster in the group. I don't think we will keep him though. But I do like to hear their wake up call:)

  8. Oh, dear! Bedlam.....that is a lot more roosters! Bummer.

    Love this post, lovely pictures and the descriptions of life on the farm...super.

  9. All I can say is I am glad it is you that got the six roosters. I'm still waiting to figure out one of my chickens. I'm still not sure what it is? She, he, it was so much bigger at first but now everyone has caught up. So I will patiently wait till we hear a crow and the pestering of the hens! Since you and hubb love roosters I'll send him your way, just kidding! I can still see the pics of hubb and the rooster encounter, yikes! Take care and enjoy your daily chores, Hugs!!

  10. Adorable picture of the dogs. Ever notice how even at a young age, roosters tend to get an attitude, it's in the way they hold their head up, I think.

  11. Glad all things are hunky Dory for you. May it continue.

    Your pictures are delightful!

  12. Beverly! THANK YOU!

    My family was given a rooster that looks EXACTLY like your Red Star 4 years ago and we have been trying to figure out what he is all this time!!!

    (I almost fell off my chair when I read your blog today. LOL)

    We are in the 4H poultry club and NO ONE, not our leader who is a licensed poultry judge, or a Penn State poultry expert with a doctorate degree knew what he was. LOL!!

    Our CJ is a wonderful boy to us and takes great care of his hens.
    Thanks for solving the mystery!!!

    Heather in PA

  13. Oh my goodness...SIX more!?!??!!?....They are beautiful though.. I love their colors.. but six more males? There's going to be a lot of mixing it up around there until someone finally gets to be top roo.. LOL

  14. They are mighty handsome though!!! I have put my younguns' into the big coop now too. I first kept them in a separate pen next to the coop for a couple of weeks, then inside the coop, but still separated, and then finally, integrated them into the coop with the big girls, and I haven't had a single problem. I have a Polish...she is a riot!!
    xo Kris

  15. Boy, You've taken me back to the old days..Too cute..More Roosters !! Just what you need..You didn't want any..How does adding roo's make it warmer?? Are they warmer than the hens??

  16. It's time to start the music... It's time to light the lights...
    Why don't we get things started
    on the muppet show tonight...


    And oooh, girl.. you've got a lot of roos.

  17. I love the way they are watching the young "chicks" : ) Six more wow that's alot more roosters around your house at least your Frat house will be full again.

  18. What a great post Beverly. Love the Roosters.. Quite handsome!
    Enjoy your week, the flowers are just beautiful..

  19. Hilarious!!!!!! Now...tell me..what are you going to do with all of those roosters?



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