I have a small flock, three hens. One EE who is just about to start laying and is the youngest. Our yard is fully fenced in, but I think this afternoon the gate was slightly ajar for a short amount of time because I went out and the EE was gone. We searched all afternoon around the neighborhood and saw no signs and concluded a predator must have gotten her, because we figured if she did get out she would have been preoccupied in our front yard for a while and not much time had passed. Then, about 15 minutes before roosting time, she appeared in our driveway. Clearly a bit on edge and discombobulated (she wouldn't go for any treats to coerce her into the yard). Anyway, she's in the coop tonight safe and sound but I'm wondering if I should keep her in the coop and run for a day or two? I'm worried she has a taste for adventure now. Not sure if it's related, but her comb just turned red and I think she's very close to laying, maybe that scrambled her brain a bit? Any advice appreciated!
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10/3/15 at 9:38pm