In this post, I am going to tell you about my hobby. I had always admired keeping chicken especially the fighting bred (ayam sabung) so, I had a rooster given by a friend who informed me that he imported the breed from Korea (I don’t really know the truth of this, Korea?). I obtained a hen from another friend for RM15, it was believed that the bred was from Mongolia (Betul kaini? mungking ayam kampung saja).
The Cock Fight, 1847, by Jean-Léon Gérôme
I decided to interbred the two species and hopefully come up with a winning breed, a Koreo-Mongolian cross. Don’t get me wrong here; I am not on cock fighting matches for money. It is just a hobby, but occasionally though; I do have sparring matches with my cousin over a jar of rice wine. Besides, I am also against animal cruelty – we had specially designed globes to protect the chicken from the sharp spurs. So, the chickens were unharmed except for a few bruises.
There were ten hatchings I hope
The cut my story short, I was extremely happy when the hen finally hatched its eggs. I had counted it before and there were 10 eggs. Wow! I will be having 10 fighting chicken at last, something that I can boast to my cousin. So, I went in the coop, and lift up the mother to see if all the eggs actually hatch.
Then, PAKKK! I felt a hard blow on my right eye, I was on a black out for a moment. To my dismay, it was the mother chicken; she kicked me incredibly hard that I almost lost consciousness, and it is still attacking me. So I ran to the nearest tree and climb as fast as I could. Luckily the chicken didn’t flew up and attack me on the tree, however it kept on circling the tree for a good 30 minutes. So, I was kept clinging on the tree and I felt it like forever.
It was like a punch from Manny Pacquiao
Suddenly, a neighbour of mine saw me on the tree and asked,”Apa ko buat begayut sana lama-lama gaman. mau intai sumandak kah?” I wanted to tell the truth, but it was embarrassing, so I said, “Mau exercise panjat-panjat baini, mau kasi kecil perut”. He looked at me in the eyes as if he didn’t believe even a word of what I said. He hurriedly asked his daughter to go inside the house.
I was clinging on the tree for a good 30 minutes..
The next morning, I went to the hospital for a M.C. It will be humiliating to show my black-eye to my colleagues and students. I told the doctor that I had a fall and knocked my face on the floor. He thought that I had a fight which I denied and explained about the chicken, but he didn’t even believe me. PHEWWWW! What a day, I can’t believe that I was actually kicked by a chicken! – Kana tandang ayam mangaram! Nungkaraban manuk momut!
It was a black-eye
1 Dec 2010
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