Funny story.Monday I opened the door to go out and let the chickens out of their little house for the day, and into their run. My usual morning routine.
As I walked down the stairs and looked out to the chicken house, I see NO chickens.
What??!Usually they are down from their roost and impatiently waiting for me to get there so they can run out and flap their wings and get a good stretch in.
But none...and it's eerily quiet down there.
I'm thinking, "Oh, hell...what's happened? Did something get in there and get ALL of them?"
So naturally, I hurry a little bit more, which for me is not very fast.
Finally I arrive, and open the run, go in and I see chicken feet still up in the roost.
I look in, and all the chickens are fine, but still up on their roost.
This is NOT NORMAL.I stick my head in, asking them "what's the matter, guys?"
No one answers me, but they do make a little noise at this point.
So, I don't see anything out of the normal, I leave their house door open as usual and go back in the house, thinking they'll be out and about soon.
Around 10 am, I look out to check on them, and they're still not out!
What is going on?!!!
I call John. He advises that there must be a snake or something in the pen and they won't come down. I tell John that I stuck my head in there, not even thinking about anything like that.
(At this point, I'm thinking I'm a real dummy. What if there had been a snake in there!!!)
I go back out, get the hoe (as a weapon) and start raking through their bedding, about 4 inches of shaved wood and sawdust.
Nothing.Nothing inside the roost area, nothing in the chicken house, nothing. I start looking around and notice......
Yes, it's a black flashlight. I had left it in there the night before. Sitting on one of the chicken house braces.
Once it was gone, out they came.
It took them about 4 days to shake off their fear, and things are back to normal now.
And now you and I both know why they are called