Surprise Visitors Update

On September 27, 2020 I wrote a post about two hens and two roosters who visited our neighborhood daily. I can’t believe it was that long ago.

For most of this year, the two roosters have made quite a ruckus; crowing endlessly at many times of the day. Then all of a sudden the crowing stopped. I didn’t think about it at the time but I wonder now if the roosters are still living. Had they been killed by a raccoon, or a dog or had somebody or several somebodies complained about the noise.

Since then only one hen has been visiting. But she’s been coming by almost every day for a while. I have tried to take her picture. But by the time I find my phone and get the camera ready she is walking away.

Three days ago, a young woman was outside my house when the hen came. She said there were still two hens but didn’t say what happened to the roosters, and for some reason I didn’t ask. I told her of my futile attempts to get a picture of her. She asked if I wanted her to hold the hen so I could take a photo.

It still took me too long to take the photo. And the hen wiggled free.

I asked if the hen would let her pick her up again and she said “Sure.” This time I was ready.

The next time the hen came I was outside walking. This time the other hen wasn’t far behind. I didn’t even attempt to get a photo!

Surprise Visitors

One day early last spring, I was taking a walk in my neighborhood. When I looked down a nearby alley, I was surprised to see some chickens. I don’t remember if they were roosters or hens. I’ve never seen any chickens running free around here before. Recently, however, I have heard a rooster crowing many times, mostly in the evening.

A few days ago, I asked a neighbor for some help. While he was at my house, he looked out the window and noticed a hen walking down the driveway on the south side of my house. I’ve lived here since 1973 and this was the first time I’ve see a chicken walking through my yard.

After the neighbor left, I looked out the windows on two sides of my house, hoping to get another glimpse of the hen. I was surprised to see both a hen and a rooster in my front yard. Then, I noticed a second hen. I rushed to get my phone so I could take some photos. I was able to get shots of two of them.

Soon, two of the chickens crossed the street in front of my house.

A few seconds later, this is what I saw!

I had one more surprise in store. When I looked out the window, I was shocked to see a rat run across my garden and into the street. It went under a car and then from underneath that car to underneath a parked pick up truck. I hope to not see that kind of surprise again.

Later, I found out that the chickens belong to someone a street away from me.