Re: how many bastards are there, anyway?

Charles Wm. Dimmick (
Thu, 19 Sep 1996 13:59:10 -0700

Richard L. Brown wrote:
> In article <51m7i7$>, (Ian A. York) writes:
> >Dave Wilton <> wrote:
> [that a castrated cock's spurs are engrafted onto its comb.]
> >I've heard of this practice several times before, always in explanations
> >for the meaning of "cuckold". Does it sound completely bizarre to anyone
> >but me? I mean, why stick spurs on something's head? Just for fun? If
> >so, why just castrated cocks - why not the standard variety? Anyone seen
> >this done? (I know there aren't all that many capons running around these
> >days, but if this practice was really so prevalent for so long, it must
> >have persisted somewhere.)
> Cockfighting. Cocks fight each other, and you bet on the winner.
> It's done to give advantage in a cockfight.

Maybe my twenty years raising chickens was totally wasted. All of the
capons I raised had no interest in fighting. They were less likely to
fight than were the hens. As to ordinary roosters, almost all of them
would fight. I kept quite a few, because my hens were producing fertile
eggs for the health food market.

Charles Wm. Dimmick
Former Chicken Farmer