Ok here goes .... anyone here like mysteries ???
I lock my 3 chickens up between 5 and 7 pm at night. All cool.
This evening, I go out and find Mindys' coop closed and locked and no Mindy in there ???? BIG PANIC
So, of course, my first thought was that hubby had just shut and locked the coop without checking if she was in there before hand .... Grrrr ... but he had not been near the coop --- whatsoever. ... and I believed that, considering the uproar over Miss Ruby dog tucking into chook offerings from their free ranging. ( chookie things, not good for dogs, so I have been advised by a Vet nurse ). Those 'delights' would not have taken Miss Ruby or hubby anywhere near that coop. Action all out in the garden.
Found the poor wee darling Mindy lodged between two trees and settled for the night.??? Thing is, I open both coops for my chickens each day, and attach a thick rubber car-top elasticised band with hooks, to keep the doors open ( in case of high winds that could slam them shut ). Which I did as normal this morning. Something I do despite weather forecasts. Wind might slam a door shut, but would not lock the bluddy thing.
This evening, found not only the coop door closed, but the latch lock closed up tight. So ( presumably ) poor little Mindy had been unable to feed and water herself before going to bed for the evening. ( she always goes to bed with a full crop ). Fixed that after I found her, by leaving all outside lights on, so's she would at least feed and drink. And she was happy - and eventually roosted.
So - ok - who has been in our back garden ? .... ( both of us, from now on, will make sure the padlock is on the side gate at all times when it is not being used as access ) !!
Thing is, early this morning ( 1 a.m. ) an alarm was going off in the neighbourhood ... and no-one could find its' source, initially.. Several people out looking - fearfullly loud and insistent. . Finally, hubby and another neighbour found a smoke alarm - sitting in the middle of another neighbours' garden going off its' face. .... What could have set it off out there ? And how could it continue without smoke ? ( they usually cut off when the smoke stops ). A high grade smoke alarm too - which is no longer operative !!!!! ( not explaining that ).
I suggested we advise the police. Funny words from hubby " yeah, right - let's call the police to find out who locked Mindy out of her coop and who dropped a smoke alarm to go off in someone's mid garden last night " ? ... which I had to laugh at ( although I was still upset ).
Way too much weird stuff around here - much strange stuff been going on for ages.
We are currently thinking about moving. !!!