Annette Sharp holds a BAAS in Behavioral Science from Texas A&M. She is a counselor and motivator with an empathetic heart.
Life On A Farm
Living on a farm, you may think a person would get used to the surprises that pop up now and then. Finding a dead possum in the yard, fighting off fire ants in the summer, and dealing with slippery cow patties are a normal occurrence on the farm. Once an individual learns to look before grabbing the next log for the fireplace, they most likely will become accustomed to it. One may find snakes in the garage, skunks under the car or rabid skunks! That is another experience that you can read here.
When I lived on the farm, I adjusted to just about everything. When it involved my grandchildren, it was personal! That was the day I dropped my rake and turned into GI Jane! And that is exactly what happened the day the rooster attacked my grandson.
A Peaceful Day On The Farm
Starting out like any other weekend visit, I picked up my grandson, Kason, and drove the thirty mile trip back home. Now, let me tell you, he was a little rascal. He would pick up anything, including lizards, dead hawks, and bugs. He was always bold and tough. I put him on my horse when he was six months old he he fell off of the animal when he was two. Once, he dove off the bar stool, smashing his upper lip, which resulted in a dead tooth.
Kason was the class clown in Pre-K, bringing home endless "frowny-faces" because he was disruptive in class due to his relentless effort to make the other kids laugh. He would talk your ears off, asking question after question. Meekness was not one of his attributes. That is why this particular incident kicked me into high gear, quick.
Shock and Awe!
On the evening of the terrifying event, we were standing outside minding our own business talking, while Kason ran around the yard. The chickens were cage free, most of the time; so no big deal. Our two dogs, Blue and Rosie, were tugging on a piece of rope while Kason chased them.
While we were enjoying the pleasant Fall day, out of nowhere, we hear a blood curdling scream. I looked in the direction of the shriek and see, to my horror, Kason standing near the water trough surrounded by chickens. The Rhode Island Red rooster was leaping on him while he flailed his arms and screamed.
"Nonny..........!!!!!!", Kason shrieked.
Maternal Instinct Kicked In
Immediately, I ran to his rescue while he began to run toward me. In his haste to make a quick getaway, with the rooster trailing him, Kason tripped and fell flat on his stomach to the ground.
I saw panic in slow motion. My grandson fell as I continued to rush to his aid. I watched, in horror, as the Gargantuan rooster made his final strike! He vaulted into the air, flapping his wings, then leaped onto my grandson's back!! Oh, in all humanity! The foreboding terror of it all! I grabbed little Kason into my grasp and ran away from the evil rooster, while he was sobbing in my arms.
In the meantime, everyone else was laughing. How could they laugh while my grandson was being attacked by a vicious rooster! It was not funny. I comforted and soothed Kason while the rooster continued strutting around the yard like nothing had happened. That made me mad!
Face Off With The Rooster
Once my grandson had calmed down enough, I advanced toward the rooster to see if he would attack me. He sidestepped away from me, the little chicken!! What a bully! I lunged toward him and kicked at him. He ran away with his tail feathers in the air. Why, that little devil!
I walked back to where the others were standing and continued to reassure my grandson that we wouldn't let the mean rooster hurt him again.
I asked him, "What should we do with the rooster?"
Kason replied, "Have him for dinner!"
Everyone laughed. Needless to say, my grandson was afraid to get any more than two feet from me while the rooster was in the yard.
The End Of The Rooster
Soon after this incident, the devilish rooster began losing his feathers. Then, his Dominique counterpart began viciously attacking him for the control of the hens. Every day they went at it, jumping, leaping, spurring each other. The rooster began to look like a half roasted chicken dinner as the fighting continued, bloody, beaten and featherless. But he refused to give up control of the hens.
The rooster's aggression continued. The final straw came when he leaped at my husband. After a quick walk to the house and a resounding BOOM, the rooster was history. At last, there was peace in the chicken yard. And best of all, the Dominique rooster finally had control of the hens!!
My grandson played safely in the yard after the Rooster from Hades expired. The new Rooster King never showed any sign of aggression. All was quiet in the chicken yard and the Gargantuan rooster was at rest.
We know you'll want to.....
- Raising BackYard Chickens, Build a Chicken Coop, Pictures of Breeds
How To Raise Chickens, Build chicken coops, Hatch baby chicks. Everything you need to know about raising rural or city chickens in your own backyard.
Gabriel Wilson from Madeira, Portugal on July 12, 2020:
Rooster's can be very mean. We have one, but I wear the same clothes on the land and he seems happier with that. I also carry a red bucket with leftovers so he is also used to that and enjoys the treat. My daughter always carries a hook stick, she is only 7 so this gives her peace of mind. She hasn't used it. It is difficult to understand until you experience the aggression. They are dinfinately from the dinosaur era.
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on November 09, 2012:
moonlake from America on November 09, 2012:
Great story. We had roosters that would attack anyone that came near the house. Voted up and shared. I was following you and accidently hit the wrong thing so I will follow again.
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on June 22, 2012:
50!! Great to hear from ya, friend. Thanks for commenting from the heart and comical soul you have. Needed it! We old redneck-hippie types don't see it the same as others, do we? Hehehe!
50 Caliber from Arizona on June 22, 2012:
Aye Annette great story of hind sight humor, these things are not funny for a while after the incident. I've had many as a child that scared the crap out of me only later to come part of my daily life and chickens are one of them.
A local friend and I share a rooster for breeding back and forth as we thin down our stock at supper time.
If this had happened as a kid Pops would have showed me how to remove the head and then prep it for supper, that would have ended any fear I'm sure but that solution has to be a bit age appropriate. I'm off course.
You wrote a great article on a some what funny topic and I'm glad it showed on my feed since you were on my list to do a welfare check on!
Pace and Blessings,
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on June 22, 2012:
Hey Chicken lover........if you'd stop being so critical and read the story, the child was NOT chasing the chickens; he was running around the yard playing with the dogs. So before you leave a name-calling comment on an article, read it right. Amazes me how somebody can take a funny story and turn it into a bash bomb. You're entitled to your opinion, but lay off the name-calling. It's offensive and rude.
Chickenlover on June 21, 2012:
Wow! You people are crazy. The little boy is a brat, a bully and hyperactive, as his grandmother describes him. He was chasing the chickens around the yard. Now, the rooster attacks him to protect his harem! What could be more natural? The boy wasn't hurt, and the rooster was very brave to defend his ladies against such a large aggressor. Get real, folks! Animals will protect their own. I'm definitely on the side of the rooster and the chickens.
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on January 12, 2012:
roosterbob, you are cool. Thanks for reading my hubs!
roosterbob from Atlanta, Georgia on January 11, 2012:
I'm here to attack! lol, just playing im docile. Actually just saw this hub and couldn't resist. Nice job on your hubs though. I've read a few of them.
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on October 04, 2011:
Thank you for your comments. Was glad to share this story, though it wasn't funny at the time.
Brittany Rowland from Woodstock, GA on October 04, 2011:
Really great funny story. I'm sure Kason will remember it for years, hopefully in a good way. When we were kids there was a certain mean goose at the park that supposedly chased and attacked children...but that may have been a story passed around the school. I liked your pictures, too.
Diana Owens from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA on June 03, 2011:
Cute (yet terrifying for your Grandson) story. I've been attacked many times in my younger years. It seemed like the Leghorns were the worst for that.
Next time you need to de-spur a rooster, try this method:
Bake a potato and while it's still hot (use oven mits), jam it over the rooster's entire spur and hold it there for about 30 seconds. Then take your pliers and twist the spur off. There's less blood and it doesn't hurt the rooster (although you may WANT to hurt the little sh#t!) (: and your Grandson will be safe.
As silly as this sounds, it DOES work! I was a 4-H poultry leader way back when. So trust me, this is legit.
Voted UP and the rest.
May peace be in your heart...always,
Michael Willis from Arkansas on April 05, 2011:
The was awesome. I remember the rooster we had when I was young. He was a mean one also. Getting spurred hurts like h*ll.
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on March 21, 2011:
Hey katiem2!! Thanks for the comment. My grandson is already over his fear of roosters. He did just as you said, chased it with a stick and it ran like a scared chicken! Just gotta stand your ground with him, the little coward!!
Katie McMurray from Westerville on March 21, 2011:
Yer making me home sick, my twelve year old wants to raise chickens, but we live in the city.
Your Rooster attack is serious, but your grandsons eyes, whew crazy rooster when kids are involved.
Maybe you could give your grandson a stick or something to scare them roosters and show them and him who's boss.
How exactly do you put a Rooster in his place?
Hey them some good looking Roosters you got there. :) Katie
embee77 on January 01, 2011:
How terrifying for you and your grandson. I don't have any experience with domesticated fowl but I have heard stories like yours where chickens and roosters go berzerk. I hope your grandson finds a way to make peace with his attacker so he will be comfortable on your farm, with "no fear." Thanks for sharing.
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on December 27, 2010:
Thanks Sister Carlotta!!!
To Silver Poet: I'm going to take your advice. The rooster has never tried to attack me, but Kason is small so he could easily reach his eye. He's been in the cage most of the time lately. There's another rooster with them...a Dominecker. He's passive, so far.
Silver Poet from the computer of a midwestern American writer on December 27, 2010:
I was attacked by a rooster as a kid, but when I got older I learned to train them. I had one that would perch on my arm.
He needs to wear some sturdy boots to protect his legs from spurring and pecking. He needs to walk upright, bold and confident, and run towards them (not away from them) if they start to act up--you know, call their bluff. But not now. When he's older. :) That rooster obviously sees him as a threat or as someone it can boss.
Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on December 27, 2010:
AWESOME and funny!! Great story, I know your grandson loves his grandmother!! Blessings....
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on December 26, 2010:
I'm surprised at the comments I've gotten lately on this story. As of today, my grandson won't go into the yard when the chickens are out. He's terrified.
We still have the rooster. It never has attacked anyone else, not even the kids next door. I still don't trust it. I don't know how to desensitize my grandson. I'm going to work on it.
Silver Poet from the computer of a midwestern American writer on December 26, 2010:
When he is a little older you might be able to get him to stop being scared of them. They're helpless if you pick them up. I had a rooster that was so tame he would come like a dog when you called him.
Hokey from In the energy. on December 25, 2010:
Great story!!! I had to read it twice! Meery X-mas!!!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 24, 2010:
Funny incident to read about but probably not so funny for your grandson. Glad that all ended well. I know that you will be super vigilant when Kason is visiting in the future.
William Benner from Savannah GA. on December 24, 2010:
Yep you got to watch out for them roosters! They like all males can become territorial! Great story!
Ginn Navarre on December 23, 2010:
Enjoyed your story and it brought back memories of this same experence's. I still keep a few hens for there is nothing like a fresh egg that has been kept away from feeding chickens chemicals that are in some feeds.
I solved the rooster problem---just don't need them unless you want the hens to hatch chicks.
vietnamvet68 from New York State on December 09, 2010:
The story of great horror that ended well. Them Old roosters can be nasty little critters. Enjoyed your little story.
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on December 05, 2010:
Deborah: You're welcome.
Deborah Demander Reno from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD on December 05, 2010:
Great story. One of my worst memories as a child is of being chased by the rooster at my grandma's. Unfortunately, my uncles thought it quite funny. They did not rush to aid me. Thanks for the laugh.
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on November 26, 2010:
A.A. Zavala: Thanks!!!
Augustine A Zavala from Texas on November 26, 2010:
This story is all too familiar with me. I wrote a hub documenting the first a** kicking I received when I was 3 years old. Hope your grandson is OK. Just tell him to eat lots of chicken!
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on November 20, 2010:
tipoague: glad you had a squawking good time reading!
Tammy from USA on November 20, 2010:
One sec while I compose myself from laughing. Awesome story! I was quite surprised that the poor chick didn't end up in the oven or fryer. I can't wait to read more of your hubs. Thanks!!
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on November 17, 2010:
wilsontom from new delhi on November 17, 2010:
i really liked the story, this was a funny one.
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on November 13, 2010:
gramarye: glad you liked the story, even though it was terrifying! Ducks too can be just as vicious!
gramarye from Adelaide - Australia on November 12, 2010:
That was a really good story - I freak out when the ducks chase me when I walk by the river so I really relate to this!
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on November 12, 2010:
heart4theword: you can bet my grandson will carry a big stick!
JeanieR: I like your attitude! Yep, out comes the 22 sometimes. If it comes to that, I'll get hubby to take careo of it.
Hello,: I know what you mean about geese! They can be mean as the devil! Glad you liked my story!
Hello, hello, from London, UK on November 11, 2010:
Oh, that was a lovely written story. It brought back memories when we were at out grandparents' farm and the gander used to go for me. I use to hate them. It never crossed my mind then that it most properly was my skirt flapping which attrackted him. Thank you for the joy of reading your amusing story.
JeanieR from Sequoia National Forest, CA on November 11, 2010:
Holiday meal! We had a rooster go militia and that was the only answer. He jumped on my precious 21/2 year old grandson's head, dug his spurs in and just missed the eye. Out came the 22. We love our chickens, but not the ones with a killer instinct. Ugh!
heart4theword from hub on November 11, 2010:
I think it's great you showed your grandson, you were on his side:) He will always remember you sticking up for him! Awesome story, your grandson, will have to carry a stick with him, whenever he is around that rooster? Nice to read about the farm life:)
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on November 11, 2010:
Awwww. Thanks Gus!
Gustave Kilthau from USA on November 11, 2010:
donotfear - Nice writing of a great tale. Thanks
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on November 10, 2010:
Art 4 Life from in the middle of nowhere.... on November 10, 2010:
Great story dear friend~ I laughed and laughed!!
hugs and miss ya~