Wednesday, January 5, 2011

local guy makes good

Rooster Gaspar is featured in a new Slow Food Sacramento banner to be used at future events - center-fold status, as it were.

Gaspar is the rooster that almost wasn't. We're not too fond of roosters. They tend to be mean (to the hens and to Ms Kingbird) and noisy, and with all due respect aren't exactly essential to the performance of a flock. Gaspar was one of a mixed-gender crop of chicks acquired two years ago. Roosters begin to differentiate (crest and tail-feathers) at about four months, and we thought we had harvested them all at that point. Gaspar (smart? no, probably just slow) waited until just after the ax was put away to begin to exhibit his male-ness. He was on probation for a while, but proved himself to be neither noisy nor obnoxious enough to merit culling. And while he services the hens in rapid rotation, he doesn't maul them or pull their feathers the way many roosters do.

We're hoping that Gaspar does not become aware of his regional fame, because it might go to his head and distort a near-perfect personality. What might be next? American Idol? Dancing with the Stars?

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