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Posted on 05/30/2013


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Alektorophobia!

Alektorophobia!
Or, "fear of chickens"! Following on from my last upload of our broody hen. This one always makes me giggle (sorry Barney!). Barney is distrustful and some might even say downright wimpy about our chickens. We had hens when we got him. They were very confident - even sneaking into the kitchen to steal food out his bowl - while he tried to eat! They passed away years ago but when the current lot came at the start of the year, Barney was horrified!

He'd take evasive action whenever a chicken approached - including climbing up on our garden furniture, although mostly he'd flee indoors! This shot was staged and Barney was less miserable than he looks... Honest! We have a trick called "head down", which helps with the pitiful puppy look :) Both parties - hen and dog - were well paid with treats and then encouraged to go their separate ways! I'm pleased to say that, over the past few weeks, Barney's got braver around the chickens - they're co-existing quite nicely. Barney certainly appreciates the egg he gets each week!

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13 comments - The latest ones
BigBird
BigBird
This just brought a real smile to my face. We have a big ginger cat called Ray who came into our lives a couple of years ago. We thought he was a stray but he did have a home but he didn't like it and kept running away. We couldn't understand why as we met his 'owners' and they were very nice people. However, last year Phill bought me a garden ornament of a large chicken. When Ray saw it he was horrified and skulked by it several times before he realised it wasn't real. His original owners had kept chickens and I think that is why he left home.
4 years ago.
Dogloverlou
Dogloverlou
Haha, reminds me of the BT infinity advert too ;) Poor Barney, he knows his place!
4 years ago.
Suus
Suus
lol ! fantastic shot and great story :)
4 years ago.
MarilynTee
MarilynTee
This is so cute. He's a good sport to pose like that for you.
4 years ago.
Chickpeasrule
Chickpeasrule
So funny, makes a great photo. I can't imagine Evie doing this!
4 years ago.
Russell Jalland
Russell Jalland
His expression is so great, and his eyes say it all :) My Willow has similar feelings about the garden hose, she thinks it's some kind of monster. Every summer I have to buy at least 3 new squirty bits that go on the end because she sneaks off and kills them whilst Im not looking:)
4 years ago.
Buruneko
Buruneko
LOL! His expression is priceless!
4 years ago.
Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson
Brilliant shot, love Barney's pose.
4 years ago.
Dee Dee (seeit_snapit)
Dee Dee (seeit_snapi…
I am glad he's feeling more confident around them AND not eating them! :)
4 years ago.
RRFjt
RRFjt
Laughing, laughing! It makes for a great shot and I so love his expression. We have chickens too but they are ancient and aren't able to run loose because of the predators that also live here. The thing I find interesting is the chickens have more awareness than it may seem. Ours recognize our dogs and don't get upset when they go near the coop but let a dog they don't recognize pass into their area and they sound an alarm. The same with coyotes, there are two that are here quite often and they don't fuss about them but let a stranger come by and they kick up a fuss. The bobcats cause the chickens to go absolutely ballistic - bobcats keep a wide range and aren't always around on a daily basis so that may be why. It could also be their crouching, stealthy behavior. I really like how the chicken and Barney are both black and white :-)
4 years ago.
meg price has replied to RRFjt
Fascinating story about your hens. I think a lot of animals are more aware than people may credit them for being. My hamsters have been able to distinguish between individuals - and whether they're a threat or not. They definitely recognise me as the one who feeds/handles them and are more confident with me than they are with anyone else. What interests me though, is that they've never shown fear of Barney. They will choose to sit in their exercise balls right between his paws and the current hammie, regularly touches noses with him through the cage bars! Barn is extremely gentle with small furries (in the family!) and can be trusted. However, a cat in the same room as the hamsters will really stress them out - even if it isn't being particularly predatory. Two natural hunters but somehow my hammies have worked out the only threat comes from the felines...
4 years ago.
marlesghillie
marlesghillie
Ha ha - this is great (so this is what I have - Alektorophobia! Good to know!)
4 years ago.
bublynski
bublynski
Oh, this made me laugh! Be brave, Barney!
I want to teach mine that "head down" trick - it would have so many uses!
4 years ago.