Just got the scare of the day

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DuckLady, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I went to let the ducks out and I noticed a bunch of tail feathers sticking out from under a lawn sweeper attachment for our tractor in the side yard. I thought, "oh no a hen got stuck and died under there." I called "chick-chick" and poked the feathers with stick and no response.

    I went and let the ducks out and came back and got an empty feed bag to scoop the hen into.
    I lifted the sweeper and yup a dead hen, eyes open, stiff, half sitting up. For sure she got stuck and died in that position. I poked her again and no response. I opened the feed bag and reached to scoop her in the bag and this dead hen came to life, screeching and pecking, puffed up. The rooster came running, hopped the gate to see what I was doing. Scared the bejeebers out of me. My heart is still racing.
    So now I have a broody in a very unsafe area in the front of the house. I guess I will watch for her to go eat and see how many eggs she has. I am not sure how long she has been there, since it has been raining like crazy and chores have been feed, water, gather eggs and toss out some treats. No head counts in the past week or so. I will try and move her and the nest to a safer place.

  2. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    silly chickens

  3. pidgey104

    pidgey104 Cochins R Us

    Nov 10, 2007
    Panama City ,Florida
    [​IMG] chicken you got to love them...
  4. I'm sorry you had such a scare, but you've given me a much-needed laugh! My oh my...[​IMG]
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I woulda wet my pants!!!
    Darned Zombie chickens!
  6. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *Lol! LOL! lol! ZOMBIE CHICKENS!!!! Omgosh! That's too much. [​IMG] . . And, and-- will they be A BAND, or like, "Coming Soon to a theatre near you!!"??
  7. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    That would be startling!! What a hen! I hope you get a bunch of chicks out of that! Please post some pics, if you can.
  8. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    OMG, I've had one lay eggs under the lawn tractor before too, but never experienced that!
  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'm surprised when you poked her she didn't make the "get the heck away from me" noise.
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2008
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    That is one sound sleeper!

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