Having 10 girlfriends helps keep Mel Gibson fit

12 yr old Trinity Smith from Booral with Mel Gibson, an araucana rooster. He was voted Australias fittest chook by Sustenhance. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
12 yr old Trinity Smith from Booral with Mel Gibson, an araucana rooster. He was voted Australias fittest chook by Sustenhance. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

LIKE his namesake movie star, Mel Gibson the rooster has a way with the opposite sex - and living with 10 gorgeous girlfriends could be why he was crowned Australia's fittest chook.

Booral couple Matthew and Susan Smith own the three-year-old Araucana rooster and were surprised to win the national competition held by Sustenhance.

"We entered Mel Gibson because we think he is special," Mrs Smith said. "We got him two years ago and he is the most placid, non-aggressive chook and is popular with the 10 hens."

As well as being popular with the ladies, Mel Gibson can also ride a pony.

"When the pony comes to the pen to look for food, Mel Gibson jumps on him and stays there," Mrs Smith said.

The family love animals and besides the chickens, they also own a pony, a guinea pig, a dog, an Indian running duck and a 60cm earthworm.

"Our chooks are healthy and we feed them with Sustenhance, food scraps and often give them supplements so they don't fall sick."

Sustenhance general manager Adam Williams said judging was tough, given the high calibre of entries, but the panel managed to agree on a clear winner without ruffling too many feathers.

"Our winner is 'Mel Gibson', a beautiful chook who has a talent for riding Shetland ponies. It was very difficult to go past a name like that, or a skill. This is a chicken with a spirit of adventure," he said.

Topics:  chickens editors picks

'Dreamworld may never open again'

'The equipment is said by many witnesses to be ageing'

Council needed to talk to residents about the toilet

Mr Wynn feels like salt is being rubbed in the wound

Stolen plates: secure your number plates


Offenders allegedly removed a number plate from a boat trailer.

Local Partners

Hervey Bay to Hollywood: dreams do come true

No Caption

She graduated from the Amercial Musical and Dramatic Academy.

The Bachelor contestants find love with each other

Former Bachelor contestants Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon have confirmed their relationship on social media.

MEGAN Marx and Tiffany Scanlon confirm relationship on Instagram.

Liam Payne wants to wed Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne

Liam Payne reportedly wants to marry Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Bindi Irwin 'honoured' to make MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Len Wiseman files for divorce from Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale

Len Wiseman has filed for divorce from Kate Beckinsale

First look at Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life series

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel in a scene from the TV series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

NETFLIX drops first trailer for its revival of fan favourite.

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June