More from our friend Wanda in NC:. “Decided, in light of the super warm spring like weather we had today to try to complete my second raised bed for my garden. Once the digging and framing was done, the paper was put in the bottom and the first layer of soil was added, I made way to the hen house to get some of the composting from the floor of the chicken roost to fertilize my new garden bed. When I had acquired what I wanted, I decided because of the warm weather to allow the chickens to come out in the yard and play a bit. I left the door to the hen house open. They slowly started realizing the door was open and they were free to come out so one by one they made their way out into the yard. Wednesday began to realize his hens were leaving the chicken pen via the hen house… this concerned him a bit as it was high noon and that is not the time the hens are generally allowed outside to hunt and peck in the yard. He came out… looked around… seemed a bit concerned… went back inside the pen… started crowing to his hens that this was highly unusual. This was the time of day they should be inside laying eggs, not out in the yard hunting and pecking. They did not listen. He tried to tell me that I had, once again, inadvertently left a door open and his hens had escaped and I needed to come remedy this situation right now. I did not listen either. He did a bit more strutting and crowing and then soon came to realize that neither his hens nor I were paying any attention to him so he may as well just give up. He seemed to realize also that if you can’t beat them, join them, and made his way out thru the hen house door to the yard and joined his hens in their scratch and peck activities. Poor Wednesday… he will eventually learn, as most husbands do, that women do not listen to men and their crowing… as a general rule…”
From our friend Wanda in NC: funny chickens… accidentally left one of the gates open last night and had hens wandering about outside their pen this morning… Wednesday was inside trying to tell them they shouldn’t be out there and to come back inside, the inside hens were against the fence asking them how they got out there and why so early and the poor hens outside the pen agreed they weren’t suppose to be out there, … didn’t for the life of themselves know how they got out there and had no idea how to correct the situation… when I went out they followed me like lost puppies so glad to see their mama and gladly traipsed back in thru the open gate once I led them to it… much rejoicing and sighs of relief once back inside… didn’t hear a “thank you” but their actions demonstrated gratitude… I did promise them I’d be more careful to check all gates next time I let them free-range… Wednesday crowed his reprimand at my negligence and let me know I would have been the one responsible had any unauthorized critters wandered into the hen house last night! I MUST be more careful in the future….