|Chickens looking |
covetously at the alley
Anyways, the birds got out. I did not latch the back gate well when I left for work in the morning and the wind blew it open is the only thing I can think happened. An open gate is an invitation for adventure for any animal! A dog, a cat, a small flock of chickens, hell, even a few goats have been found roaming neighborhoods after their back gates were left open.
But, I think escape is particularly a risk with chickens. They are naturally curious creatures and always want to know what is on the other side of the fence. If it looks more interesting than what is on your side of the fence, they will find a way to get out and explore it. Even if the "it" is the alley. If the yard next door looks like there are more bugs in the flower beds or the grass looks greener on the other side, they want to know about it and they want to taste it! It's one of the reasons I love chickens, they have an adventurous streak that I admire and hope to emulate!
Fortunately, I have awesome neighbors. The neighbor down the block, Beverley, wrangled them back into the yard and for her hard endeavours she received a dozen eggs and a heartfelt thank you.