Monday, January 2, 2012

the great chicken escape

The chickens have been ever so happily free-ranging once again in their pasture these last two days, as the snow melts (or maybe it's just been blown away by the 80 mile per hour winds!), exposing some earth at last. Yesterday, I went out to give them some kitchen scraps, and what did I see? Only two hens and the rooster came running. Hmmm. Perhaps the remaining eleven were kindly laying eggs for me in the barn? I found two more there, good little hens who were in fact laying in the nesting boxes.

But what of the missing nine? I called to them, "chickie, chickies! Want a treat?! Here chickies!" Nothing. I heard some clucking in the far corner of the property, near their watering hole. Walking over, I saw a line of those missing nine on the other side of the fence. How could they have possibly gotten there, I wondered? I had no idea, but good thing they remembered; the leader of those escape artists found a small hole at the bottom of the fence where the ground had eroded and was covered in soft dead grass. One by one they squeezed back through that opening, all but one of them. This one:


You remember her, she's always giving me "the look." She proceeded to run back and forth along the fence line, much like, well...a chicken with her head cut off. Except I assure you, this one's head was fully intact. She stuck that silly head through just about every hole in the fence except the right one. Finally, her friend came trotting over, stood by the proper exit hole, squawked something at her, and through she quickly came like a little chicken bandit hopping into an awaiting getaway car!


We're hoping this wood and a bit of chicken wire thwarts their plot today...


...because just as I suspected, they returned to the scene of the crime.


I suppose we're all starting off the year with new adventures 'round here!

15 comments:

  1. Haha! Glad you rounded up your runaway chickens! Although they probably wouldn't have strayed far from one who takes such good care of them.

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  2. Ha! I was think it's funny when all the chickens but one figure out how to get to the other side...and that one chicken runs back and forth like crazy until one of her friends comes and rescues her! Silly chickens!

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  3. oh those winds, you're not lying! we've had them here as well! I love this post about your chickens. we've had some excitement with our chickens too these past few days. take a look if you'd like:
    http://journeyaroundtheson.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-years-day.html

    best in this new year!

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  4. Hihi thank you for making me smile...lovely story xxx!

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  5. We have had the same problem just recently....aren't they funny little critters when they run back and forth and seem to be trying to 'get back in'! glad you have them all safe and sound though!x

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  6. Silly chickens! I guess the "grass" was greener on the other side of the fence! Glad everyone made it back home!

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  7. We've had such mild weather and we've all but given up on trying to keep the ladies penned in... Ours range all day from the mobile coop (thus Henry's visitor) but come dusk, they return home one by one. Good luck with your fences!! (And whoever says that animals don't speak has never owned an animal.)

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  8. This made me smile, thanks (to you and the chickens). We have dog that used to find the little holes in the fence and sneak through, we had to chicken wire the entire fence all the way around to keep her in.

    I guess we better be prepared for this when we get our chicks this spring :)

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  9. Oh dear....lol! They sure are beautiful and mischievous! Glad everyone is safe! :)

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  10. Have been there too. You are lucky it is warm enough to still have them outside. i think tonight mine are all around the lamp in the coop.

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  11. Loved this post, especially the part about the chicken squawking to THAT one with the look to tell her how to get back.

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  12. Love a chicken escape story especially one with a happy ending!

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  13. OK. That is funny! Just like kids...trying to get away with things!

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  14. Oh good grief, we've had so many situations like that :) Our chickens like to escape to the raspberry patch in the summer where they hide underneath the canes and foliage... they can NEVER figure out how to get back to the run, although EVERY day they seem to get to the raspberries again! Ack! Silly birds :)

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