Originally Posted by heatherfeather7
The first Fall that I had my chickens, I had started letting them free range during the day. I had a friend over doing some work with her husband on a clubhouse project in my backyard. She left that afternoon about 1 and went about her day. As she was driving back to her house (45 or so miles away, driving 70 MPH) she noticed a sound coming from her car. She thought that something was broken in her engine and she couldn't pinpoint the noise. She went to the pharmacy drive-through, then to WalMart to do her weekly shopping, then she drove over to the school to wait in the car rider line to pick up her daughter. Her car was fine when she was parked. She left the school and headed home and the noise was so loud that she planned to take her car to the shop the next morning.
Meanwhile, I went outside at my house to put my hens up for the night and did my headcount and was missing one. I looked everywhere for her. She is our favorite hen and my daughter was heartbroken that we could not find her. I assumed a hawk had taken her as there was no evidence of an attack.
The next morning, bright and early, I received a text from my friend with a picture of my hen. Apparently, Henny had climbed up inside the wheel hub of her jeep, and took a joy ride all over town, 45 miles away! I still do not know how she did not fall out in all of the errands that were done that day, but we are so glad she survived. My friend's husband went out that morning to check on the car, and out jumped Henny!
To further insult me, when I went to pick her up, she ran away with their dog into the woods and would not come to me. It took two weeks, her living with their dog in the woods, before we were able to catch her and bring her home!
My friend won't park her jeep in my yard when she visits now!