Broody Hen Goes on the Offensive.

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by AllTheseCreatures, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. I have one very broody Barred Rock. Our rooster is long gone, but she's persistent. So now that the weather is hot, I've started kicking her off the nest a couple times a day to take eggs and to make sure she gets a drink of water and something to eat.

    We had a dog come stay with us for a couple days. My chickens have never seen a dog, though they can hear them in the neighborhood. My husband brought our guest canine out to the yard to play while I was working in the coop and she made a bee line in our direction. She was well behaved, didn't bark, didn't lunge. But the startled chickens cowered in the far corner of their coop in a little nervous bunch, making worried hen noises. As DH is trying to get the dogs attention with a Frisbee, out of the corner of my eyes I see a blur of black feathers explode from the nest box. She stops in the center of the coop in front of the boxes, fluffs up in indignation and makes a cackling noise that can only be righteous anger. She spread her wings and rushed full speed in the direct of the startle dog, bouncing off the wire fence. She does this again and again and again. The dog is now a little concerned about this turn of events and starts barking and lunging in response. That throws all the chickens into an absolute flapping, leaping panic and suddenly my coop in a hive of frenetic hen activity.

    Okay, I want out now.

    I take a couple steps towards the door and I guess that gave the broody hen an idea because she suddenly darted in front of me and ran into the door at full speed. Which swung it wide open out of my reach. Two words popped in my head and they were both curse words.

    DH had been laughing his head off up to that point. As I ran to try to shut the door and grab the chicken, my husband ran to grab the dog. The dog is genuinely not sure what to do about this very angry bird and decided to make a run for it, evading DH. The broody hen is still determined to chase him off at all costs follows the dog towards the house, across the deck, and stops just short of the house as the dog ran back inside. The dog was a Labrador, Great Dane mix. Not a small or timid dog. I managed to lure her back to the coop with a treat.

    Here's a pic of her sitting on her nest after the dog went home.

    I don't have a habit of naming my chickens, but I think she has definitely earned one now. Any suggestions?
  2. AJ666

    AJ666 Songster

    Apr 5, 2010
    La Crosse, WI
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  3. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    Sits on Duds?

    Chases off Danes?
  4. Ravishaw

    Ravishaw Songster

    May 7, 2010
    How about Jack Ryan? I'm thinking of Patriot Games... maybe Jane Ryan?
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Good girl! [​IMG]
  6. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    [​IMG] Love it! I think she looks like an Agnes...and Agnes does have a hint of mean to it!
  7. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] OMG the mental video in my head as I was reading couldn't be half as awesome as seeing the real thing. I wish I could've seen that on video. That is the best laugh I have had all day. Its like my cat - Sam who chases supposedly 'viscious hunting dogs' out of the yard and there are usually 2 dogs and 1 cat. [​IMG] I will never forget when I had 9 cats last year this time and the neighbor's stupid lab came to try to get in the chicken coop again - and this dog had 3 cats beseige it out of nowhere and whollop it a good one - coop protection ala kitties. [​IMG]

    I love the name Agnes - she looks like an Agnes or Bettie
  8. The Tinman

    The Tinman Songster

    Jun 10, 2010
    Fairfield County CT
    Ok how about
    Bellona-Roman goddes of war
    Matilda or Tilly or Hilda
  9. sweetcandy

    sweetcandy In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2010
    How about "Rocky"out of the chicken run [​IMG]
    (Rocketeer) instead for a girl. [​IMG]
  10. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Attila the Hen deserves to have fertile eggs under her for her heroic act. Hens like these keep their brood alive.

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