I'm not sure where to put this, but I decided to post it under behaviors because as usual that is what to me is the most interesting. Earlier today I heard our yard flock rioting, as if there were a predator. When I went out they were all hiding so I did a patrol and couldn't see anything, went back in. 15 minutes later or so I went out with a basket of clothes to hang on the line. The clothesline is close to our compost pile, which is just inside the woods and usually if the chickens see me there they will go to forage in the pile, I guess they figure it's safe as long as I'm there. I was hanging clothes and they were happily foraging when all of a sudden they panicked and scattered in all directions...I saw one of our golden comet hens struggling in the brush. I didn't know what had her, I just started screaming and running towards her, I was less than three feet away when the Northern Harrier hawk let her go and flew away! Anyway, the interesting part was that after the hawk was gone, and all the chickens were safely concealed, I went in the house to tell my DH, and our dog came back out with me. She gets along well with the chickens and was wandering around, when Brownie, one of our mixed hens, took the opportunity to come out of her hiding place, and moved up closely behind our dog, clucking the whole time. She followed the dog closely til they reached the front yard, where she ran under the bushes in the front yard to be with her roo and her friends in the flock! It amazed me that she had enough sense to use the dog as a bodyguard. The Golden Comet hen (they all look pretty much alike but I think it's Gretel) is lying on our garage floor now. There are no visible injuries and she is lying in a normal position, but obviously she is in shock. When I went out there and spoke to her she tried to crawl under our workbench, so I poured some water out in a bowl for her and left her a piece of cantaloupe. She can see both. I think she will probably be ok, the hawk didn't even tear any feathers off her, but she is an older hen so I hope the shock doesn't kill her.