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out of tragedy, a hero!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by farmergal, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. farmergal

    farmergal Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    Nor Cal
    Check out this story (scroll down to bottom of Craigslist post.)


    I had to share this because it made me smile so much. It's a great story for all of us who have ever come upon the horrible tragedy/emergency of a predator in the coop.... and how sometimes it helps you find out what chickens are made of!

    [Story copied and pasted below.]
    oh,yes the brave chicken story.
    there are spaces in the roof of the barn where shakes have blown off.a hawk finally took the opportunity to get in and kill 3 of the youngsters in the grow out room.i had just come back from riding,chicken folks were waiting for me.
    as one of the visitors opened the door young birds poured out.i immediately took in the carnage-they were all piled across the room on the floor and the hawk was freaking out trying to get back out.most of the youngsters were jammed in the overturned cardboard boxes i use to give them hidey holes from other birds,drafts,sun,etc and the escapees were all herded back in as i cursed the hawk and tried to figure out what to do.well as i approached the hawk in the rafters,he flew downwards towards the open[to sunlight]area of chickenwire.he became slightly entangled.when he did the largest silkie rooster ran at him,leaped in the air and came down on the hawk with feet flying and wings going like crazy!then the brave rooster ran back in front of the small enclosure where the rest of the group was hiding,placing himself solidly in between the hawk and the youngsters,making himself as big as possible.
    as quick as a flash i grabbed one of the boxes and placed it over the hawk,found a board to slip under it to confine the hawk and marched it outside to release it.that evening i went in to feed and check everyone,making sure to pick up the brave buff silkie and tell him what a brave little man he was to go after the hawk.its not the size of the chicken in the fight but the size of the fight in the chicken!
    Picture that little silkie rooster taking on a big ole hawk! What an awesome guy.
  2. joerogrz

    joerogrz Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    Loretto, TN
    That's awesome! Strangely enough when some chickens are territorial or protective enough their bravery seems to increase a lot.

    My Dad told me of hen that did something similar one day. She and her chicks were out in the yard and a hawk swooped down toward them. The hen just jumped straight at the hawk with her legs and the hawk dodged her. The hawk changed his mind and flew off.
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    That's neat!!!
  4. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Now I hope that roo gets a new girlfriend for that bit of bravery...but it makes me wonder, somewhere, someone puts the claim of silkies are evil...hmmm, starting to understand why its said (just kidding) thanks for such an inspiring tale! [​IMG]
  5. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    THATS what a roo is for !! and THATS why they SHOULD have a little "attitude" !!!! [​IMG]
    (my leghorn did basically bout the same thing)

    edit: cause i guess i had a Keghorn [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2008
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Great story! I sure appreciate my roosters; moreso when I hear stories like this.
  7. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess 10 Years

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    [​IMG] What a great story! Thanks for sharing!
  8. curliet

    curliet Songster

    Apr 22, 2008
    west Michigan
    Terrific story!!! That little rooster knew exactly what to do, have to name him Jackie Chan or something by the sounds of it. [​IMG]
  9. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    oooh! If he doesn't have a name already, sounds like Jackie Chan would be a good one! [​IMG]

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