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Monday, July 12, 2010

Chicken Fishin'

Lemme' tell you 'bout Capt'n Hook. Maybe you recall summa' my farm stories an' maybe you don't, but I like tellin' 'em, so if you think you've heard this one before, jus' chalk it up to you havin' a poor memory or sumptin'. For sure, I wouldn't be tellin' the same story over again, now would I?

Once upon a time, we thought we were regular Gentlemen-Farmers; of the Noah's Ark Variety, you might say. We had summa' these and a few of those and, naturally, a handful of those animals over there. In fact, we had so many types of two-legged and four-legged critters that it got downright difficult to keep all their names straight, at times. No matter; they all answered to, "HereBaby," anyway.

Turned out that my favorite animals were the chickens. That is, if you din't count ALL the other animals on the farm. The fourteen-acre farm.

So, there we were with our couple hun'erd chickens, surrounded by the squeeks, squawks and cacophony of too many contributors when, one day, HereBaby #173 happened to be standing near the watering pan. My good hubby-buddy and one of our sons noticed somethin' strange, as #173 was not drinking any water, in spite of the extreme heat.

Now, this is where HereBaby #173 acquired a much better name to brag about in the hen house. At closer inspection, our son realized that there had apparently been some fishin' goin' on in the chicken yard. See, #173 had found himself the purtiest little fish hook and line you ever did see; well-used an' kinda' dirty an' rusty... like that.

Not bein' one to leave such a purty object layin' around, #173 had snatched that ol' hook up and tried to swallow it, whole. Didn't work. Seems roosters and fish hooks are not the best companions. Who knew?

So, bein' the kindhearted souls that they were, Hubby-Buddy and Son set to work rescuin' that silly rooster. You're not gonna' b'lieve what happened next. Gently and carefully, the fellas worked hard to remove the hook from the chicken's craw, #173 squirmin' and kickin', the whole time. That's when Mother Nature stepped in so's the guys had a little more control over the situation.

Floomp! Did you know that chickens could faint? No? Well, neither did we; right up until that very moment when it happened. Quickly, before he could recover his senses, the wire cutters were put to good use and the hook was removed... just in time for the Angel Hens to sprinkle Wake-Up Dust over the head of #173.

It jus' seemed natural to give #173 a new name, under the circumstances, and what better name than Capt'n Hook? He lived up to his title, too. He may not have been a pirate, but he certainly tangled with some villainous critters in his long life; like the fly-by attack from a Chicken Hawk. But that's a story for another day. Yup! You heard me right. That's one chicken that lived a long and adventurous life.

'Course, Capt'n Hook never got cooked with the dumplin's. He woulda' been too tough, anyway. Besides, we were kinda' fond of the ol' pirate. Sometimes, I think about Capt'n Hook and wonder if he ever does any fishin'.

Until the next time, keep a hug on.

~ Yaya


Dazee Dreamer said...

hahaha. I would have loved to have seen that captain hook faint.

Janet Johnson said...

That is one lucky chicken. And no, didn't know they could faint. :)

Yaya' s Home said...

I'm thinkin' that not too many chickens get to live to a ripe old age, but Capt'n Hook sure did.

~ Yaya

Susan Fields said...

I had no idea chickens could faint! I'm so glad they were able to get the hook out, I cannot stand to see animals in pain, so I probably wouldn't do too well around 173+ chickens and all the other animals.

Yaya' s Home said...

When my good hubby-buddy told me that the chicken had fainted, I immediately wanted to call 911. They said they don't work with numbered patients, though. LOL

~ Yaya

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I'm thinking there is a picture book somewhere in that story! #173's POV?????

Yaya' s Home said...

Gee, I never thought of that, Sharon. You know, that's a doggone good idea. Thanks.

~ Yaya

KaylaBug said...

Haha that is funny! I have never heard of chicken fainting! Thanks for commenting on my blog!
Im excited to follow yours! :)

Yaya' s Home said...

Yeah, animals are funny critters, aren't they? They never cease to amaze me.

~ Yaya

Hema P. said...

Haha, that's cute! Love the name "captain Hook" for the adventurous chicken.

Thanks for the heads-up (in my blog) for this post, Yaya -- it sure's a fun one! And I totally second Sharon's idea that this would make for a great picture book.

Yaya' s Home said...

Thanks, Hema. I've been rolling that idea around in my head since Sharon mentioned it. Capt'n Hook was one of our favorites.
Thanks for stopping by.

~ Yaya

PJ said...

Hey Yaya! It's been a while! Just wanted to pop over snd see what was cookin' glad it wasn't Capt.Hook!

Just wondered where you'd gotten off to as I haven't heard from you in a while!

God Bless!


Yaya' s Home said...

Hi PJ,
How'd you know I was jus' thinkin' 'bout you? Sorry it's been so long since I've been to see you. I have been by a few times, but not nearly as much as I'd like. I'm sure glad you stopped by.

~ Yaya

Jackee said...

Feinting... er... FAINTING chicken! Ha! But poor thing to be in pain.

This makes for great story fodder, Yaya. I hope you can find a way to use it! :o)

Yaya' s Home said...

I knew there were fainting goats, but the fainting chicken was a real surprise. LOL

~ Yaya

Blissitydoodah said...

Wellll...if you were here today Yaya,
I would show you how I can pick up our one chicken (one) and tuck her head under her wing and rock her *like this* and she would fall asleep where I can put her down and watch her snooze and pet her back.
I'm glad y'all got that one unhooked. I bet her throat was sore!

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