This morning after breakfast, I heard an awful commotion outside. I couldn’t decide if a cat was making a ruckus or the dogs next yard were after something or if the chickens were having troubles. So, I went out to investigate. They were all there, much to my relief and they ran to the fence, so happy to see me. I had been a little worried about them because the last few nights, I’ve heard the howls of coyotes. Luckily, during that time, Charlie was silent. But he was in fine voice this morning.
At any rate, I went into the shed to the food, which we keep in a big plastic trash barrel. Before I could open it, Spot flew/jumped up onto the lid (which comes about to my waist). Then, she did the most amazing thing---she leans into me. I put my arm around her and she let me really pet her. I was stunned that she was being so affectionate! She stayed there for several minutes until I stepped out of the shed, then she followed me, chirping all the way like she does. Perhaps a predator had been in their yard earlier. We get skunks and enormous moles/ground hogs, not to mention snakes from time to time. Who knows?! However, it was quite an experience! We think that only 2 of the girls are laying eggs now---don’t know if Spot is one of them. I’ve seen the “hungry” one sitting in a nest in the shed, but haven’t disturbed her. Don’t think the Orpingtons (the big buff colored girls) are laying yet. Will get more up-to-date pics soon!