Cock-a-Doodle Don’t – Guest Post by Telling Dad

Dear Readers, you are in for a treat today! The awesome, amazing, and quite humorous work-from-home-Dad Greg of is here today! I hope you’ll enjoy his guest post as much as I did, it made me laugh out loud! ~Henrietta

The first time I ever saw a chicken outside cellophane is when my father-in-law acquired a few to complete his goal of owning every animal pictured on a See ‘n Say wheel.

“The Farmer Says, ‘How can I make this barnyard even noisier?'”

Prior to his purchase, everything I knew about chickens I had learned from a bottle of K.C. Masterpiece. I knew that to properly care for a chicken you needed to marinate it (possibly overnight) and then grill it over indirect heat while routinely basting it before slathering it with barbecue sauce a few minutes before serving.

Beyond that, I hadn’t a clue what to do with a chicken that still had its feathers. Or its head.

So when I saw a group of gossiping hens clucking together in the barnyard, I approached them like I would one of my father-in-law’s thirty dozen barn cats. I leaned down, twiddled my fingers, and said, “Here, chicky, chicky.”

At first, the chickens scattered wildly into the wind, flapping their wings to simulate flight, and running in circles in a frantic attempt to get away from me. But with a little perseverance and a high-pitched soothing voice rivaled only by the Vienna Boys Choir, I was eventually able to coax one into trying to peck my eyes out.

I must have come between it and its unfertilized young because the thing charged at me like a Grizzly bear. It extended its wings as I imagine a Pterodactyl would before pecking its prey, lowered its head like an enraged bull, and squawked and bawked as it made a bee-line for my face.

“The Chicken Says, ‘Enjoy blindness you son of a…!'”

For those unaware, there are more than 60 different breeds of chicken, including the Ameraucana, the Cochin, the Wyandotte, the Nuggets, and the Fingers. I have no idea what breed my father-in-law owned but they sure were an ornery bunch.

Because of their behavior, my interest in interacting with chickens ended with that experience. They just weren’t the fun, friendly, and utterly clueless pack of animals I expected them to be. Every time I dared venture towards the barn, a few troublemakers would appear at the open door and slowly slide their talons across their necks to give warning.

My sympathies went out to the rooster. Granted he had the benefit of a 1:Everyone Else ratio, but that advantage is quickly negated when you consider the company. These chickens were mean, they were ugly, and they belonged in dipping sauce.

My father-in-law had also purchased a rooster during his spending spree because he wanted to make sure that no one within a 4-mile radius would be able to sleep past 4:30am.

Deep in slumber I was abruptly and rudely awakened by this cock-a-doodle-doodling creature, who I subsequently named “Dinner”. It wasn’t the cute kind of “cock-a-doodle doo” that the See ‘n Say people want you to believe. This was more of a war cry.

Dinner had noticed that the sun was just beginning to set over mainland China and thought the entire southern valley would like to know that it’ll be time to get up in approximately three more hours. A reminder he was all too happy to give every 36 seconds.

I thought roosters crowed once and were done with it. Like in the Kellogg Corn Flakes commercials. The sun comes up, the rooster says good morning, and we all enjoy a balanced breakfast with its offspring. Instead, roosters sit there and cockle and doodle and doo for HOURS on end. If I had access to a bat, Dinner would have met my snooze alarm.

I never tried to approach the rooster because I know for a fact that they’re famous for fighting areas of the body I’m not willing to sacrifice. As such, we kept our distance from each other. I’d walk by without making eye contact and he’d sit there on his tree stump mocking the fact that I live life with one lone female.

In preparation for this post I read a few sources about chickens. From those articles, and based on the stories I’ve read here on “A Hen’s Nest”, I think my father-in-law just bought some grumpy poultry.

Even so, the damage has been done, and I’m just not willing to get that close to a chicken ever again.

Unless I’m carving it.

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Thanks for making my blog rock today Greg! My wish is that you’ll someday find a chicken… a live SANE chicken… who you can befriend.

Chickens really can be sweet instead of deranged! Oh, and I wish all of you would go visit and check him out on Twitter (@tellingdad) too!

About the Author

Henrietta Newman is a self-loving empty-nester into smudging, nature, yoga, fitness, healthy living, hunting, camping, hiking, tech, video games, gadgets, recipes, reviews and more.
With a love for the outdoors and visiting local attractions in and around NW PA and Lake Erie, you never know what you'll find in my nest! Subscribe to A Hen's Nest so you don't miss the fun!



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    I’m going to leave a comment so that my guest post isn’t completely void of attention. Thank you for letting me invade your blog! I enjoyed writing it even if it conjured up fowl memories.

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    Lol!! Telling it as only he can. I’m dying over the name Dinner. I remember being little and hearing my Grandparents’ rooster crowing. My favorite line is Dinner’s mocking him at only having one female in the house. Awesome as always!! :)

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    Lisa-MyLifeAfterThat says

    I have missed reading Greg’s post I need to wonder on over to telling dad and do some reading. Great Post as always Greg… Yeah chickens can be a little freaky

  4. 5

    LOL – hysterical as always!

  5. 6

    Too funny! Dinner it is.. and yes, a really long, heavy, baseball bat, for a snooze

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    Greg, Greg, Greg….you have, once again, brought me to tears with your hilarity! I remember as a child, my aunt/uncle having chickens and my “job” was to gather the eggs each morning. Try THAT one on for size. Sticking your hand under a mother hen and ripping her baby out from under her… My other “job” was to clean the pen. Note to anyone ever tasked with that…WEAR SHOES!!!

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    the way you talk about those chickens you’d think they were turkeys.. talk about ornery birds!

    my grandpa used to breed chickens that had feathers growing out of their feet.. they used to freak the fuck out of me.

  8. 10

    “The Chicken Says, ‘Enjoy blindness you son of a…!’” Hahahahahaha!
    I share your feelings toward chickens. My dad loves them and has a collection of different breeds. All I like about them is the free eggs. :)

  9. 11

    you have quite an imagination :)

  10. 12

    Hahaha! This is too funny, I laughed so hard! Especially the part about the hen’s going nuts when you first try to go over… Great post!

  11. 13

    Dinner is a great name lol. Too funny!

  12. 14

    Only Greg could tell this kinda story. Thanks for letting him guest post. :)

  13. 15

    LOL, Greg is a funny, funny guy! I love reading anything he writes.

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    I can’t think of any other blogger that could make the story of a first encounter with a chicken and rooster so entertaining. Great story Greg!

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    This gave me flashbacks to my childhood. You have heard of crazy cat ladies…. my mom is the crazy bird lady, and my father goes right along with it. I spent my developmental years, suffering a guinea fowl who liked to perch directly under my window to make it’s hideous morning squawks. Between that and being chased by large mean geese and turkeys (as well as stepping in their poop), I am no fan of the feathered branch of the animal kingdom.

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    LOL! Funny! I loved chickens growing up. My grandma had a farm. You must have really ticked them off because I never had that issue. LOL.

    Now TURKEYS … those are beasts.

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    Hahaha! Great post!

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    Wow, that story took me back to my childhood. I lived in a real neighborhood; houses with fenced yards that were sized from itty bitty to 1 acre, all on the same street. My house stood on about 1/2 acre. However, we were were also zoned for farm animals…go figure. 2 streets below my street, and only one street over the zoning was residential only…pretty crazy. So between the three neighbors whose yards backed up to our back yard, 2 had chickens, 2 had goats (1 with chickens & goats; 1 just with goats.) The third neighbor had chickens and…a cow (steer.) The cow, who came to live with them as a calf, was lovingly named “Meat Tray”…pronounced as “Meetray.” (And I haven’t even mentioned the side neighbor who had a horse.) So every morning I was greeted by a symphony of cockle-cockle-doo, cluck cluck cluck, mooooo, and maaaahh (that’s what goats say.)

    Funny story: When I was a kid I used to climb the back fence and throw snails to the chickens. They loved them. Forward 20 years. I’m a mother of two young girls, living in a lovely suburban city near San Jose, and I have the bright idea of gathering snails from our back yard and taking them to the local park that had a duck pond. I thought they would be a lovely treat for the ducks. After throwing a whole bucket of snails to the ducks it became apparent that ducks don’t eat snails. With dozens of snails floating all around the pond, I decided that I better grab the kids and high tail it out of there. And now I’ve confessed my criminal past. Shhh, don’t tell anyone! :-)


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