I was outside on the doorstep with my hens petting and cuddling them and enjoying the weather, when they started doing disturbed clucking and gathered in front of the gate that separates the concrete part of the yard from the dirt part, and is only a foot away from the doorstep. I looked and saw they were all standing between me and a brown rat that was creeping behind a plant pot, and was staring right at me with it's back hairs raised, and even still moving closer despite the hens standing there with their necks flared and wings spread while clucking. The rat then jumped up and lunged at the hens, got jump-kicked by them in return and just seemed to vanish into the chaos. And I mean, it was literally creeping up on me from behind the plant pot, though the hens spotted it and put themselves between me and the threat and defended me. Has anyone else ever had anything like this happen? They are Silkie hens so it kinda left me in shock. After I calmed the hens down as they were distress calling from the ordeal, I checked them over and there were no injuries on any of them, and the rat was just gone without a trace.