This story is from Fox News, so it's not "fake news." You ever notice it's people from mainly rural states that defend themselves?
I'm a firm believer in having a rifle within reach. In this case, it's an SVT-40. I own two AR-15 rifles, but generally they stay in the safe. I like older rifles. I have two AK-47 rifles stashed in easy to reach places in the house, though.
Last night was rough. Really bad thunder and lightning, and it just wouldn't go away. About eleven o'clock, my wife went out on the porch to let one of her cats in, and she saw that one of her two white chickens was not roosting in their spot. ( Only two chickens can roost on the porch, fortunate favorites of the Queen.) Pandemonium. I got my flood light and lit up the pasture. Alas, in the pouring rain, with lightning flashing overhead, there was the chicken. I got an umbrella and went out there to get her. I figured I'd surely get struck by lightning, and it would be a fitting end to an anything but ordinary life. Made it back to the house OK though. The chicken was dried off with a towel and then warmed up with a blow dryer. She spent the night in the house in a box, wrapped in a towel. You ever smelled wet chicken features when they are heated?
She's out in the plant room tonight. I think that chicken had a stroke. She can eat and walk around but it's definitely taken a hit. This is one of the two chickens my daughter rescued from a pet store just before they became snake food. They are really big white chickens, and she told us they wouldn't live long because they were genetically bred for meat, and that messed them up. So, instead of being eaten by a snake, they came down here, and have lived the good life. Even if the chicken croaks, she grabbed the brass ring. We all gotta go some time.
When a chicken dies here, I always tell my wife I buried it but I really throw it into the woods. To paraphrase Jose Wales , "possums got to eat, same as raccoons!."
This has been a bad day weather wise. Sleet and cold rain on and off all day. I had to drag all the heaters for the outbuildings back out because I've got to heat the buildings again tonight. Supposed to get down to the high twenties and snow. My wife reminded me that if often snows here in April, but I figured we were finished with that this year.