Is it odd for chickens to be out and about during the night? My free-range chickens all go into the coop at dark and I assumed they stayed there till the sun came up. This morning I was up in the middle of the night and looked out the window. It was pitch black out but two hens were walking around up by the house in the light of an outdoor fixture. It was dark down by the coop (200' away) except for another outdoor light that's always on. Our guardian dogs were not concerned about anything and nothing seemed out of order today. It just seemed strange because I've heard that chickens go almost comatose at night.