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How to really upset Nugget and get flogged while balancing.....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WriterofWords, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    It's going to be very cold tonight, so Steven and I went outside to get the four "tree" hens out of the tree and into the coop. We got Butterscotch, FuzzyButt, and Buffy with no trouble but Woo started going up higher into the tree. Steven came up with the bright idea to stand on the picnic table with a long metal rake and try and push her down the limb closer to us. It didn't work and she started squawking and making all kinds of noise and Nugget who was on the duck pen fence started growling. We really didn't pay much attention since he isn't the violent type of roo. I'm sorry did I say "isn't" I think I meant "wasn't"?

    Steven gave up with the rake idea and started climbing the tree and went up on the limb above Woo, about 15 feet up or so. She looked up and saw him and I guess she figured he was a big chicken hawk come to have Woo for dessert! She started flapping and screaming at the top of her lungs so first LaRoo the Bantam roo flew up into the tree to help Woo, then Nugget saw what was happening and at first I think he thought she was screaming about LaRoo. He jumped up onto one of the lower limbs and started for LaRoo, growling and clucking but then noticed Woo was focused on the big Chicken Hawk (Steven) above her! So he started after Steven, who was literally out on a limb, and you could tell he was in full Defender Roo mode.

    I was hollering at Steven to get the heck out of the tree and away from Woo or Nugget was going to hurt him. The Nugget finally landed on the limb Steven was on, but behind him so he couldn't shimmy down the limb. I jumped up on the picnic table and started waving the rake at Nugget to distract him but couldn't reach him. So brilliant me put the swimming pool ladder on top of the picnic table so I could reach Nugget. Steven was kicking and hollering and trying to convince Nugget he wasn't a predator,,, yeah, that worked.

    While waving the rake at Nugget I hit Woo, who fell out of the tree, I wasn't real worried about Woo anymore and had decided she could freeze for all I cared! I was more worried about Steven.

    Nugget noticed Woo on the ground and then decided he might get a little action if he could catch her! So he dives out of the tree toward Woo, who went into self-preservation mode and tried to fly back up into the tree and used me for a ladder. I had Woo on my back, Nugget on my head and I was on top of the ladder, on top of the picnic table, leaning on a rake while holding a limb trying not to fall. Nugget was flapping around, not really trying to flog me, but that was the effect it was having, he shredded the hoodie I was wearing! Thank heavens for that hoodie or I would have been shredded. Steven was in the tree laughing at me while also afraid of me falling and he was trying to reach down to help me hang on so I wouldn't fall and get hurt. Woo fell back down, landed in the duck pen, Nugget jumped off me, landed on the duck pen fence, Steven jumped out of the tree and landed in the duck pen with Woo, grabbed her, shoved her into the coop then came to help me.

    I finally got off the ladder, off the picnic table then promptly turned around, tripped over my son, and fell into the freezing cold, nasty, duck pool.

    I quit, I'm giving up on birds and moving to a bird free city where I don't have to worry about stupid tree hens, horny roosters, and teenage sons.

    The son will be 17 on Sunday by the way.
  2. rubyv67

    rubyv67 Songster

    Oct 17, 2008
    [​IMG] Your story made my day! Thank you! [​IMG]
  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    You're welcome. Steven just pointed out Nugget used this as an excuse,, he was mad because he had to spend the night in the boys coop last night and didn't like it!
  4. teenieborch

    teenieborch In the Brooder

    Feb 28, 2008
    SE Portland, OREGON
    Okay, I'm really laughing....great descriptions. I kept saying out loud as I'm reading, "Go get the hose" but then I realize you have ponds and trees and maybe it's all too far from your faucets. When my girls don't cooperate it turns into a VERY rainy day, VERY quickly. The all scoot into the coop as fast as they can.

    Sorry about the duck pond part. Glad you didn't fall off the ladder!
  5. mamaKate

    mamaKate Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    SE MO
    [​IMG] Great story! I have considerable experience with "tree chickens." My daughter was in charge of peeling them out of the tree while I held the ladder. She now has absolutely no interest in chickens. [​IMG]
  6. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Smart girl!!! LOL
  7. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing 10 Years

    Thanks for the laugh. You are great at painting a picture with your words.
    I thought I was the only one with tree chickens. Mama Cass, my wild hen that I got to keep Roo company, tries to sleep in the trees periodically. When she goes up there to roost so does Roo. I have a heck of a time getting them down and into the coop. Nothing like what you describe though. Thanks again for sharing.
  8. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    One thing I absolutely love about this site, is that I can tell you what happened and you not only understand but can empathize with me.
  9. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] OMG too funny - I'll remember if ever I get a tree hen to leave her the heck alone! [​IMG]
  10. chiknwhisperer

    chiknwhisperer Songster

    May 9, 2008
    Lowell, IN
    I am so glad none of mine do that lol. My DH wouldn't be around to help, the kids would get in the way, the labs would be going crazy, and I would probably fall lol.

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