The Old Rooster

An old farmer decided it was time to get a new rooster for his hens. The current rooster was still doing an okay job but he was getting on in years and the farmer figured getting a new rooster couldn't hurt. So, he buys a new rooster from the local rooster emporium and turns him loose in the barnyard. Well, the old rooster sees the young one strutting around and he gets a little worried. "So," he thinks to himself, "they're trying to replace me. I've got to do something about it."

He walks up to the new rooster and says: "'re the new stud in town, huh? I bet you really think you're hot stuff, don't you? Well, I'm not ready for the chopping block just yet. I'll bet you I'm still the better bird, and to prove it, I challenge you to a race around that hen house over there. We'll run around it ten times and whoever finishes first gets to have all the hens to himself." Well, the young rooster, being a proud sort, definitely thought he was more than a match for the old guy. "Okay," he said, "you're on. And since I'm so great, I'll even give you a head start of half a lap. I'll still win easy!"

So the two roosters go over to the hen house to start the race. All the hens are gathering to watch. The race begins and all the hens start cheering the old rooster on. After the first lap, the old rooster is still maintaining his lead. After the second lap, the old guy's lead has slipped just a little...but he's still hanging in there. Unfortunately, the old rooster's lead continues to slip each time around and by the fifth lap, he's just barely in front of the young fella.

By now the farmer has heard the commotion. He runs into the house, gets his shotgun and runs into the barnyard, figuring a fox or something is after his chickens. When he gets there, he sees the two roosters running around the hen house, with the old rooster still slightly in the lead. The farmer immediately takes his shotgun, aims, fires, and blows the young rooster away. As he walks away slowly, he says to himself: "Dad-gum, that's the thirs gay rooster I've bought this month."