The Rooster Politician

“Butch” the Rooster

John the farmer was in the fertilized egg business. He had several

hundred young layers (hens, called pullets) and eight or ten roosters

whose job was to fertilize the eggs.

The farmer kept records and any rooster that didn’t perform went into

the soup pot and was replaced. That took an awful lot of his time so he

bought a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell

had a different tone so John could tell from a distance which rooster was


Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency

report simply by listening to the bells.

The farmer’s favorite rooster was old Butch, a very fine specimen he was,

too. But on this particular morning John noticed old Butch’s bell hadn’t

rung at all! John went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing

pullets, bells-a-ringing. The pullets, hearing the roosters

coming, would run for cover. But to Farmer John’s amazement, Butch had

his bell in his beak so it couldn’t ring. He’d sneak up on a pullet, do

his job, and walk on to the next one.

John was so proud of Butch he entered him in the county fair, and Butch

became an overnight sensation among the judges. The result…The judges

not only awarded Butch the “No Bell Piece Prize” but they also awarded him

the “Pulletsurprise” as well.

Clearly Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician

could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our

planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them

when they weren’t paying attention.

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