Monday, November 8, 2010

He's no Al Capone...

What an arrogant pheasant
that cock is never pleasant
discounts all his faults
performs his cockerel waltz
chest puffed out, wing down
strutting around
like he's the only man in town
but a surprise is coming for our pal
he'll soon be a capon (no not Al)
for we all must surely know
meat is much tender once the testes go.

**I was doing a little research on roosters to get some ideas.  I learned something new.  Some roosters are purposely castrated-they call them capons.  This leads to making them more docile and causing them to become fat.  And this in turn makes the meat juicier and more tender-less stringy.

**this is a Magpie Tale hosted by the talented, Willow.  Visit here to post one of your own or to just enjoy reading the endless talent of the others.  You won't be disappointed.


  1. Very intersting...I never knew roosters had such things--and I grew up around chickens! LOL

  2. Mimi, I also learned that they have to be surgically removed because they are inside the you wouldn't have seen them unless you cut him open.

  3. Wow, with the cost of surgery these days, you'd hardly think it would be worth it for a rooster. Not the old snip-snip like the cowboys and the bulls in the Wild Wild West!
    Good take on the prompt, Caty! I love "no Al Capone"!!
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  4. Entertaining and Educational! What a treat! :)

  5. i dont want to be a or otherwise if that is the initiation...

  6. very cute I guess that is where the attitude comes from he's the only man in town the hens either love him or love him!

  7. I had heard of capons but didn't know what they were, til now.

    I laughed about the one flap down bit. What a hot dog!

  8. Caty, I went back and read your first few months of blog posts, then came back to your Magpie Tale. There may be a lesson in your Rooster Tale (tail?). Anyway, I liked it a lot.

  9. Aha! You have no doubt heard the lines "All the world’s a stage,/And all the men and women merely players;" By the Bard of course, but further along in the Seven Ages of Man, "And then the justice,/In fair round belly with good capon lined," etc. Seems little has changed considering what we pay lawyers!

  10. Clever bit of verse.

    I was surprised decades ago to learn that they used a special, small rubber band to do something similar to some farm animals.

  11. Hi Caty, enjoyed your poem and learned something new along with some of the others. Farmers probably did that surgery at home themselves. Poor Al. Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods.

  12. Now I finally know why the rooster has that look in his eyes... Poor guy!
    Great prompt! Love the way you formed the image.

  13. Caty....?
    Our daily lesson in farm-o-cology?

  14. "capon (no not Al)"

    Oh my gosh, this is funny!

  15. Hi Caty, your poem was not only nice to read, it also turned out to be informative.
    Nice Magpie post.

  16. He got his just deserts!


    Special awards for you. Happy Sunday! xx
    Hope to see you at our potluck tonight.

  18. Interesting facts I didn't know. I bet your poem has him on the run.


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