Gaucho the Immortal

By Published On: May 22nd, 20221 min readCategories: Photos

This little bantam rooster turned 14 back in March. He looks even more magnificent today.

A 14 year old chicken

Gaucho at age 14 looks amazing

Me n’ Gaucho have been friends a long time — More than 14 years to be exact.

As a señor citizen, his spurs are long so he walks funny, and he’s not as active as he once was, but I still find him in remote corners of the yard scratching around and doing important rooster stuff.

Gaucho raking a garden bed for me

He’s also the only chicken that regularly follows me around. He “worked” with me to turn a raised bed in the vegetable garden the other day.

This morning morning he wandered the yard with me as we changed out the feeders and water for the rest of the poultry. Then we had brunch down by the shed. I had coffee and a muffin, Gaucho enjoyed some scratch tossed on the ground just the way he likes it.

His plumage in the late spring morning sun looks resplendent. Hard to believe he’s closing in on the record for world’s oldest chicken.

Give us crow, Gaucho

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Sage Osterfeld
I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.

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  1. […] He’s 14, and doesn’t mind a ride to the vegetable garden to top off the bean beds and rest them for the next few months. To make sure I do it correctly, Gaucho will oversee my shovel work, and handle the raking and leveling of the beds himself… probably all at the same time. […]

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