“What’s that clucking noise?”

“Gee, the chickens are loud this morning,” I thought as I opened my eyes, the sun streaming in through the window.  The distinctive “bok-boks” of our Isa Browns seemed strangely louder than normal…and extra close.  A quick look out a window and I was greeted by this view:

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Chickens free-ranging about the farm isn’t an unusual sight at our place…well it isn’t an unusual sight after we open the coop and let them out in the morning.  But waking up to the sight of chickens roaming freely isn’t normal at all.  Each night they get locked up in their coop, keeping them safe from any potential predators until we open the door and let them out again after breakfast.  Free roaming chickens before breakfast can only mean one thing – we forgot to lock them in the night before.  Argh.

Chicken on the loose! Caramel enjoying unexpected early morning freedom.
Chicken on the loose! Caramel enjoying unexpected early morning freedom.

Locking the chickens in at night not only keeps them safe from wild dogs and anything else that might like to eat them, but it also keeps them in one predictable spot until they’ve all laid their eggs.  If you let chickens out of their coop too early they will scoot off, hide, and lay their eggs practically anywhere.  So to collect your morning’s eggs, first you need to go searching for them – like an Easter egg hunt only with real breakable chicken eggs.

Apparently we’re really bad at Easter egg hunts – or our chickens are really good at them – because we only found one egg out of three.  Caramel Chicken had been clucking suspiciously around this bale of hay we had stacked near the front door ready to mulch the garden beds.

The bale of hay Caramel Chicken was clucking around
The bale of hay Caramel Chicken was clucking around
Have a closer look...
Have a closer look…
Yep, that's an egg!
Yep, that’s an egg!

Tonight we’re making extra sure the coop is shut..No more egg hunts here!

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