Originally Posted by ejcrist
That's what, about 2 hrs or so before sunset in your neck of the woods? I'd say that's pretty early. Mine sometimes go in early if it's exceptionally windy or bad weather but they're pretty consistent about going in just before dark on regular days. I'm pretty new at raising chickens so other than bad weather I don't know any other reason why they might do that. Maybe she was up late last night watching Benny Hill and was tired?
The weather suddenly went cold yesterday and snowed. Today it rained but nothing major. I was a little worried about about Dolly tonight (my ex battery). Normally she'd coming running for her tea but she didn't. She was a little slow, tired, tucking herself in to her chest then falling asleep instantly! Olive, my other mixed hen had a few nibbles but then off she went with Dolly to bed. She's absolutely fine though.
Maybe Olive sense something is wrong?