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Thursday, February 4, 2010


Good Morning...This is "Brooster the Rooster". He was, notice I said Was, the favorite mascot at "The Farm", my parents place where I grew up.
For fun, fellow friend bloggers, The Fish Guy and Darla, (not this Darla), have a new fun event going. They are creating a new Header each week and this week it is 'rooster'. I'm not competing but just wanted to share my folks favorite rooster for his incredible 'crow'.
This is the time of the year that my Dad would pour over the 'Poultry' catalogs and carefully choose each type of chicken he wanted he and Mom to raise. Some of the favorites were the Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Rocks, Cornish Rocks, you get the picture,...not only for their meat, but their fine eggs.
The chicks would come via 'mail order', so when the local post office would call and beg, "Please come pick up your chicks!", they would go get them immediately. A box full of chicks are quite noisy and need to be put under the heat lights as soon as possible and fed and watered. Mom would insist on keeping them in the house until they began to 'feather out.'
Easter usually meant a houseful of little Grands euwwing and awwwing and holding the little fuzz balls, of course, under the close eye and supervision of Great Grandma.
These are a few of Broosters hens of whom he adored. He took such good care of his brood.
Children of all ages loved Grandma and Grandpa's chickens. Some of them had to have eggs each time they visited. Always, Grandma would send at least a dozen eggs home with the Grands and Great Grands. And, of course, they always had to gather the eggs. All part of the fun and learning constantly going on at 'The Farm'.
I just had to show you a picture of the barn there, that housed many small livestock including cows, chickens, sheep, hogs, horses, ducks, geese, turkeys, guineas, cats and dogs throughout the years of my youth. Even the mow and the rooftop was always full of pigeons.
OK, Fish Guy and Darla, How bout this ol' Rooster? Does he qualify? Good Ol' John Wayne portrayed Rueben J. "Rooster" Cogburn in the still famous fictional movie, "True Grit". It's still one of my Bill's and my favorite movies.
I just cannot leave without recognizing " The Lady"....played by none other than Kathryn Hepburn. Ya gotta love The Rooster and The Lady.
So goes here in God's Country.
Bless You All


Cher' Shots said...

That is so funny, I just commented on someone elses post about how we always had chickens. I can't remember off hand whos post it was. Love the pic of Mom and Dad's old barn. What memories.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Ah what memories!! My parents too raised Buff Orpingtons then in later years Rhode Island Reds. The chicks were always so cute...until they got out of their confines in the garage!! I remember how soft they were. Then how big they grew when old enough to be moved to the chicken houses. Thanks for taking me back!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Dar (are you really Darla???)---you should join that header contest. I go to both Darla's and Fishing Guy's and Imac's blogs---and have enjoyed their header contests.

When I first saw your rooster, I thought about that header contest. You could have won it with that picture.

AND Old Rooster Cogburn would have been another great choice...

Great post, Dar.

chubskulit said...

Betsy is right Darla, that rooster shot is fantastic. I remember when I was growing up, my father would kill or how do I say that without sounding harsh hehehe then he would cook it (my post where you commented) and its so yummy. Native or organic chickens are better than those being raised using steroids and stuff.

Anyhow about your question on my post. The way you tell if Papaya and lemongrass are fresh if they still have juice when you poke the papaya and the lemon grass still have green leaves.

Lucy said...

Our lives have been so similar. Rooster and hen shots really took me home. Thank you.

Dar said...

Re: Betsy , Darla's blog, and Dar's (mine), are similar in name.we are 2 different people. but like she once told me, We Darla's gotta stick together lol ..My given name is also Darla but my nickname is Dar...hope that cleared up the confusion...and thanks for the kind comment on thinking I could have won that contest. Ol' Brooster is a handsome devil, isn't he? LOL Dar

Re: chubskulit, thanks for the information on the lemongrass and the papaya...I still want to try that recipe. I agree about organic or range chickens being better in flavor. I think too, it is because we know what we have fed them. Thanks Dar

Stine in Ontario said...

Little chicks are so cute when they first hatch, aren't they? It must have been fun to have them around at Easter. :)

What does a rooster have to do to become a favourite?

Dar said...

Re: Stine, LOL...Brooster was my folks 'favorite' because he was prompt at waking them each morning with his magnificent crowing...he was a comedian in the poultry world and how he loved and cared for his 'ladies'. I guess he just knew how to 'strut' his stuff. He never put the chase on anyone like some of the other roosters they had. He was a good ol' boy.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Can't wait to get chickens, and those are some beauties. Of course we need to move up to a farm first, minor problem. Can't raise them in a condo. Or can I?

Jen ~ Muddy Boot Dreams

Paula said...

Is that your barn? It sure is a pretty one. We don't have those pretty barns around here. No need for them until this winter. Some people on the outside of town built a pretty barn but its their house.

Rebecca said...

Not being familiar with a farm I have no idea what you call those cubbies the chickens are in, but I sure do think it makes an interesting shot. Brooster was a handsome guy!

Darla said...

Where were these photos when I needed them? lol Great shots!!

Crystal said...

Oh my gosh, this reminds me so much of my own chickens. I gave them all to a friend at the end of summer. I don't have a nice barn like that and taking care of them through the winter here is soooo cold. I do really miss those fresh eggs though.
Thanks for visiting. Please do come back and visit again.
Have a blessed day.

janet said...

Oh..I love the old barn..I am a noted barn fanatic ;-) I have a local gal who I can buy eggs from..so much better than store bought, and cage free.

Kay said...

Hello Dar,
Wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Nice to meet you. I see you live on a farm. I've always wanted to live on a farm, but it will never happen. Anyway, yes, I have high cholesterol numbers but never as high as yours. That's great that you get them down so much with the Omega 3 Fish Oil. I've been taking Omega 3 Fish Oil for about 6 years now and I'm sure it helps mine stay down some. Keep up the good work.

Kay said...

BTW....how many mgs of Omega 3 Fish Oil are you taking each day?


Porch Days said...

Thanks for joining Porch Days! It looks soooooo cold where you are. We are having a cold snowy winter - for Virginia. I used to live in Maine and this is like a Maine winter. I'm learning to take photos with my gloves on!

Shelley said...

I've always been fascinated by Roosters! (My hubby says no - I already have a dog and kitty and the rooster won't mesh well ha,ha!) You should enter the blog header contest!

eileeninmd said...

Dar, I love your rooster shot, I love roosters. Great post and I enjoyed your photos and blog.

GardenofDaisies said...

What a marvelous barn! What a beautiful place to grow up. Brooster is a handsome fellow! :-)
No, I did not make any of the hearts. I wish I could crochet that well, but I am just now learning basic crochet at my craft nights. There is one heart in the basket that might not be old enough to be considered "vintage". ( The one with the multi-colored yarn.)

Kay said...

Hi Dar....me again.
I've only seen this doctor once because I had to change insurance companies last year. The company I'm retired from dropped the one I had been using, so I had to go to Kaiser. I just changed to this doctor last summer and saw him for the first time in October. My old doctor never sent my medical records even though I filled out form for him to do that, so the new doctor is starting from scratch. I did tell him about all the statins and other OTC's I had tried, but obviously he was not listening. I'll keep you posted on what happens. I have no idea when he will have me do another bloodwork.
BTW.....I've been taking Omega 3 Fish Oil for 6 years. I take 3000mg of that and I take 1 Mega-Red Krill Oil capsule too.

Anonymous said...

I loved this post. I wish we could have some chickens where we live.

Helky said...

Thank you for all your comments on my blog. You have no idea how much you encourage me by your words! Just wanted to tell you that "DAR" in Polish means "A GIFT". You are a beautiful gift of friendship to me. Wish we could meet to talk :))

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

How fun to have such memories. When our guys were little, we lived in a very rural area. We had to walk to the post office each day. I always remember spring...when HUGE boxes of chicks would be peeping away...waiting to be picked up!

LOVELY post!

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April said...

What wonderful memories!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Dar: Oh I had such problems with that contest, you had a cool Rooster photo for certain.