Friday, October 16, 2015

they grow up so fast...














Chupa has turned into a good attack rooster.  Just as ruthless and relentless as Carl was.  74,80,56,0,W

11 comments:

Ronald Mahan said...

Mr. Chupa has got to be one tough & smart rooster - to survive living in the Terlingua Ranch wildlife jungle! And there are probably lots of even meaner critters lurking nearby - like mountain lions, coyotes, badgers, and rattlesnakes - preying on those javelinas, possums, and rats that feast on your cattle/chicken feed. Those badass predators get the Easy Pickens - that get a little fat and careless!

Janet said...

When I was a small girl we had a mean rooster that would flog me with his spurs until my legs bled. I had to carry a broom to beat it off. The roosters would end up in the pot on the stove and my mother made the best dumplings. Ah . . . sweet revenge.

Ronald Mahan said...

I remember that same experience. We lived next door to my grandmother's chicken pens - of laying hen's, mean old roosters, and the smaller "eating chickens". Grandmother would frequently send Don & I out to gather two of the eating chickens - which were normally fried. It was our responsibility to catch them, wring their necks, and pluck all the feathers off those two birds. Catching the first one with some feed for bait - and a stout wire with a sharp bend to snag a neck or foot - was usually easy to do - and then kill by wringing the neck - which was a bloody affair. But that alerted the rest of the flock of our evil intentions and it was tough to get close enough to catch the second one. Even the roosters would try to run us out of the pen.
My grandmother was a charming German woman - who made chicken & dumpling to die for - and after I got married - I got her to give that recipe to my wife. Maybe a reward for all those chickens we brought her?

Susan Traxel Martin said...

Warning received. I will definitely not wear my flipflops whenever we come to visit again.....Carl was really hard on the toes of my hiking shoes! Susan

Margery Bills said...

Beautiful photographs of a beautiful bird.

Margery Bills said...

I don't like to think of the entire process of my grandfather getting the bird for my grandmother. It was too unsettling for me.

rondeb said...

Talk about chicken and dumplings. My grandmother made them to die for. Thick, chewy and so good. Before she passed away, I tried to get some of her recipes (which were always: use enough til it feels right LOL) I tried to measure as she would pour stuff in. I came up with Boil a whole chicken cut up with an onion and celery, salt and pepper, until the meat comes off bones using a lot of water so you have lots of broth.
Dumplings: 2 Cups All purpose flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt 1/3 cup shortening and 1/2 cup plus 2 TBL milk. Kneed and roll to 1/8 to 1/4 and cut into strips. Roll strips in flour and drop into soft boiling chicken and broth. Cover an cook for approx 20 minutes until the dumplings sink. I make them all the time.


Janet said...

Thanks Rondeb. Your grandmother's recipe sounds right. I will have to try it.

Allen Hare said...

Watch your fingers!

Margery Bills said...

Lol. Ty Rondeb.

Keely said...

Yum ! Chicken and dumplings !