An old farmer decided that 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 so the farmer figured that getting a new rooster couldn't
hurt anything. So, he gets a young rooster and lets it loose in the barn yard.
The old rooster sees the young one strutting around and he gets a little worried.
"So, they're trying to replace me," thinks the old rooster, "I've got to do
something about this!" He walks up to the new bird and says, "So, you're the new
guy in town. I bet you really think you're hot stuff, don't you? I'm not exactly ready for
the chopping block yet. I bet 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 for himself."
Well, the cocky young rooster was a proud sort and he definitely thought that he was more
than a match for the old guy, so he said, "okay, you're on. And since I know that I'm
so great, I'll even give you a head start of half a lap. I'll still win easily."
So, the two roosters go over to the hen house to start the racae and all the hens gather
around to watch. The race begins and all the hens start cheering the roosters on.
After the first lap, the old roster is still maintaining his lead. After the second lap,
the old guy's lead has slipped a little but he's still hanging in there. Unfortunately,
the old rooster's lead continued to slip each time around and by the fifth lap he just
barely led the young rooster.
By then, the farmer has heard all the commotion. He ran into the house, got his shotgun,
and ran out to the barn yard, figuring a fox or something was after his chickens. When he
got there, he saw the two roosters running around the hen house with the old rooster still
slightly in the lead. He immediately took his shotgun, aimed, fired, and blew the young
rooster away. He walked away slowly saying to himself...."Damn! That's the third gay
rooster I've bought this month!"