The chicken coop is now the new dog house these days, according to Sunset magazine.
More than likely thats because it houses a rooster meaner than a junkyard dog.
I came in contact from a safe distance with one of these guard chickens the other evening while visiting at the neighbors place.
These genteel folks are into the back-to-nature experience with a flock of hens and one cocky rooster who makes gathering fresh eggs not all its cracked up to be. Their grandkids are walking on eggshells, in terror of getting too close to nature.
I now understand.
Crowing louder than a vicious barking dog, I heard the fiery rooster inside the coop daring anyone to come between him and his hens. Youd have thought the chicken whisperer just up the road would have cured this feathered fowl of his ornery behavior.
As the story goes, this farmer answered pleas and probably a few screams from the grandchildren caring for their grandparents place while they vacationed. To the rescue came the soft-spoken man, his hands ready for action.
Once inside the pen, the chicken whisperer gave the rooster a dressing down at arms length to the tune of Achy Breaky Heart or neck? while tossing insults. Surprisingly, that didnt take the cocky out of the doodle. In fact, it didnt even scratch the surface.
You just cant turn your back on the rooster, the tough old bird told me on the phone. Keep staring at his beady eyes and hell get nervous.
So a couple of nights later, there I was at my neighbors chicken coop scouting for a blog. Kelsey, their college-age granddaughter was just about to enter the pen.
You can come in with me, she offered as she slowly opened the gate, her eyes focused on the rooster.
I peered over the fence, sizing up the cantankerous fowl and the weapons he wore.
Maybe you can just take my iPhone and snap a picture, I said guiltily as she turned bravely toward the hen house.
At that moment, even my embarrassment couldnt spur me to enter the hen house. But then Im a little chicken when it comes to a rooster pretending to be a pit bull.