How a rooster reflects the human condition

The question of whether humans are basically good or basically evil was studied by philosophers like John Locke and Thomas Hobbes for years. Today, that question is still asked. We live in a world that finds comfort in narrowing down complex topics such as the human condition into very black and white terms. Because many of us think this way, I can understand why Mr. Locke and Mr. Hobbes believed what they did.

But I believe differently. To me, their thought process seems as silly as trying to determine which chickens in my flock are conservatives and which chickens are liberals…….. Let’s face it,  though we all know that the New Hampshire Red rooster was probably a Romney supporter, sometimes things in life just aren’t so cut-and-dried.

Have you ever wondered whether a fox is basically good or bad? Probably not, because a fox is just an animal that strives only to survive, however it can, in a tough wilderness. We, as humans, are the same. The only difference is that our wilderness is the one inside our heads and our hearts. Each of us has our own ways of surviving it and some of us don’t make it. We are, after all, just another animal and our thought process is not very different. A perfect example of this ideology is an experience I had today, working on the farm. Read this:

Around 1pm, I was walking near the back entrance of Shaker Village and heard the crow of a rooster. The sound did not come from the barnyard like it should have, instead, the sound echoed from the north side of Hancock Shaker Village, near the main highway. My immediate thought was that someone had dropped off an unwanted rooster, thinking it would make its way to our barn.

I was right.

Sure enough, I found the most beautiful Barred Rock rooster, hiding under the bushes.

can you spot him? Route 20 is just behind him

I tried a couple times to grab him, but it was pointless. Chickens can’t be caught through chasing. The only way to grab them is by outsmarting them. Once you realize that their thought process is somewhat like ours, catching them becomes remarkably easy. In a situation where you can’t convince a rooster to come toward you, ask yourself one question:

What motivates a human male to go somewhere undesirable, for example, a Justin Bieber concert?

Answer: To meet hot chicks!            Ding…Ding…Ding!

Roosters are the same.  If you want to beckon one toward you, make sure you’re holding a hot chick-en! In my case, the hot chick-en I brought over was “Pig Chicken,” our friendliest hen.

eyes her

He ignored the food offer, interested only in the pretty lady bird.

   I imagine the rooster hadn’t been around a woman in a while, because as soon as he laid eyes on her feminine beauty, he couldn’t help himself. The rooster strutted toward me, showing off for her by prancing and puffing up.

he's getting closer, walking in circkes showing off

He’s getting nearer!

I quickly snatched him up and brought him to his new  coop.



By the empty feel of his crop, I could tell that he probably hadn’t eaten in a day. When I placed him in the coop for the first time, I made sure he had a full bowl of grain. What do you think the starving rooster approached first? The food or the cute lady chickens?  If you want the answer, see below for the video I took during his first few moments in the coop.


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