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To Catch a Feisty Rooster

image dsc20112.jpgA team of workers was living across the road in worker huts, busily building a house across the way. All was fine and good, except that their one rooster annoyed the hell out of me each morning — cock a doodle dooooing. Oh, sure, I could adjust…. but in this case I didn’t need to. You see, the workers were going to finish the project soon and take along the noisy rooster with them.

This is one of those ubiquitous fighting cocks which people often raise here as a hobby. Most of them never will fight, but are raised because the price of a successful fighting chicken can easily be in excess of 100,000 baht. Let’s see, that equates to about 2 1/2 years of hard construction labor, quite a sum. The point as it applies to this story is that by being classified as a ‘fighting cock’ the feisty rooster was worth at least about 800 baht or so — too expensive to eat!

After the workers finished to project and packed all their stuff I was dismayed to find that they had left behind their prize possession – the feisty rooster and a hen. Why? Because they couldn’t catch it. It was the foreman’s rooster. Subsequently he and his wife (Nat and Poo) made a couple of day trips here, once with about 5 friends, and tried to catch the feisty rooster. I never really thought about it before, but a rooster that doesn’t want to be caught is just not that easy to catch. Once they had it cornered in the shed behind the house here, but then there was a great commotion and bunch of flapping noise. After they left I deduced that the cranky rooster had not yet been defeated, by a mid afternoon cock a doodle dooooo.

A showdown was obviously in the making. I couldn’t see the workers just leaving that rooster his freedom. One day they did indeed show up with a plan and the game was on.

image dsc20235.jpg image dsc20234.jpgFirst Nat strung up a netting fence at the end of the road.







image dsc20241.jpgThen Poo starts to heard the rooster and hen in the direction of the netting.





image dsc20243.jpgIt looked good for a while. Here the two are heading for the netting. Then, I could almost see then wheels spinning in the roosters head. He could see damn well what was up. He got about 5 meters from the netting and then just started flying off in the other direction. I haven’t seen a rooster fly before, and he wasn’t very good at it. But, good enough to fly over our heads!



About then I suggested just getting a gun and shooting the damn thing. No, not a good idea. It was still daylight and from talking to them I could understand that this was only the first leg of there plan. If it failed they would move on to plan B, which was to come back after dark. As it was explained to me, roosters (and hens too!) cannot see well in the dark. So they would come prepared with flashlights and bags to catch the feisty critters.

image dsc20244.jpgSure enough they did show up a about 8PM and about 15 minutes later had outwitted the feisty rooster. The rooster was not harmed in any way — but did not at all sound happy after being captured. Follow this link to hear the sound of the unhappy rooster.




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