We had a mean rooster problem; well in fact in the summer there were two mean roosters. They would wait until my back was turned and then attack me. Or one would distract me while the other snuck around to attack me from behind!
I reached a point that I stopped enjoying going out to the barn because I always had to be on guard for attack chickens! So we called our friend Franz and asked if he could come out and help Steve take care of our rooster problem. We set a date. Then one of the three roosters disappeared. Perhaps he got wind of his date with destiny and decided to move on!
We cancelled the ‘appointment’, things settled down and the remaining roosters, one of which had never really been a bully, stopped harassing me. I figured the rooster that left must have been the real trouble maker, leading the others astray!
When we went to England the rooster tried his nonsense with Cheryl, and after that would periodically see if he could get away with attacking me. Then the day the boys were moving the Jaguar into the barn the Rooster sealed his own fate.
The rooster tried to stare down the car! When Ben tried to shoo him away – for his own safety – the rooster attacked Ben! When I tried to shoo the rooster away he tried to attack me. No longer in a sneak around behind and attack when you aren’t looking kind of way but in a full on ‘attack chicken’ kind of way!
We raised some chicks though through the summer and as it turned out we had a couple of nice looking Chantecler roosters in the bunch. Let’s hope they appreciate the opportunity they have been given and learn a very important lesson – don’t attack the person in charge of The List!
Cock a Leekie Soup
- One whole chicken or several pieces of uncooked and boned chicken wings, legs or quarters
- 400g of leeks
- 100g of precooked prunes that have had their stones removed
- 25g of rice
- 2 litres of water or soup stock
- One teaspoon of brown sugar
- Seasoning of salt and pepper, one bay leaf and some thyme
- Parsley for the garnish
Optional ingredients: Three rashers of chopped streaky bacon
- Place the chicken into a large pot and add the soup stock or water. Bring to the boil. As any fatty scum appears at the top of the pot remove and discard.
- Wash the leeks and roughly chop into about 2cm pieces, using the green and white pieces. Once the chicken or chicken pieces have been boiling for about one hour add the chopped leeks and the herbs of bay leaf and thyme and bring back to the boil and then simmer for two hours. The salt and pepper if used can be added at this stage. If used the bacon should be thinly chopped and added. During the simmering of this recipe for Cock a Leekie soup if the water goes down and the fowl or leeks are exposed then top up the water or soup stock.
- Test to see if the chicken has cooked by piercing the skin with a fork. No blood should come out and the fork should pierce the flesh easily.
- Take out the chicken, giblets or chicken pieces and the bay leaf. Set aside and save some chicken pieces to serve with the Cock a Leekie soup. The rest of the chicken can be used for other recipes.
- Add the rice and sliced prunes, there is no need to cook it separately as it will cook during the simmering. Simmer for about thirty minutes. Once all the ingredients have cooked add some chicken pieces to the pot. Simmer for about ten more minutes and then serve with some chopped parsley.