This am I came downstairs from rousting my DW for work and took a peek out the window at the chickens to see what they were up to. Well right down by the fenced in area there stands 2 whitetailed does (fairly common in my yard until hunting season which ended Saturday). One of them walked right up to the fencing and was watching the chickens with the most curtuitous gaze. So here I am watching the deer watching the chickens, it just amazed me that the deer was so curious but the chickens could give a flying cowflap. They just did what chickens do. The deer was so close but how do the chickens know that they are not a threat and vice versa? So my DW finally comes down and happens to walk over to the big kitchen window to where the deer made their way over to so close that you could pet them. She was startled and so were the deer which ran over to the edge of the woods. But I refrained from comment about scaring the deer. Sometimes in life I guess the Lord grants us a little gift of nature that brings us back to our childhood amazement. Sorry meant to put this in chicken behavior,its Monday!