Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dear Chickens,

The purpose of this letter is to remind you of our agreement.  You agree to give our family some eggs and I agree to make sure you have food, water and shelter.  Nowhere (even in the fine print) is there any wording that allows you to roam free in the yard or escape to the neighbor's field behind ours.  I do realize that life can get a little boring on the inside of your pen, but escaping then refusing to be caught is not the answer.  I would like to remind you that the dog, coyotes or hawks would be more than happy to eat you, should you wander into their territory.  If you should choose not to heed this warning, and make a subsequent escape, please know that I will not use a full hour of the family's time to catch you.

Frau M.

P.S.  Wed Woosta and Penny this letter is not to you, so please disregard.


  1. We just had little chicks for a couple of months in the spring and when they would escape it would drive me insane. I was not at all capable of catching them. I can't imagine full grown chickens escaping across more than one yard! Good luck with that.

  2. We have a couple of rouge chickens that have escaped their pen. Luckily the dogs don't bother them and they stay close to the house. I laugh every morning whe the one chicken tries to come into the house when I let the dogs in. Good luck with the crazy chickens!

  3. I'm surprised they don't go back to their pen to roost at night. Ours are free-range chickens and they go to their chicken mansion (yep, my hubby built them a chicken mansion) for bedtime. Our big problem is keeping the dogs from rolling in or eating the "chicken ice cream" as my daddy says. :)

  4. They will go into their coop at night, but they were literally half an acre away when I got home from school (in our neighbor's field). I could have let them be and they would most likely have made their way back. But, the Clover is so attached to them, I couldn't risk losing one (even Pecky who is mean).