These Dominique hens are not forgetting their wild roots! We thought we had finally got them contained to the pasture (which serves as a giant run for them), with the exception of one hen that always ended up in the yard every afternoon. Well, I found her nest the other day - 10 eggs! One of the visiting little 'uns said "oh, there's a hen right there!". In a spot I thought I had sealed off where there's a small hole going into the hay shed, which is open on the other side to the rest of the property. But we were so wrong... oh so wrong... Found out this morning that she's not the only hen getting out, she was just the only one not smart enough to go the same way back in. Two different nests found in the brush just on the other side of a supposedly chicken-proofed gate, one with seven eggs, the other with five. We've been getting five eggs a day in the nest boxes, with eight young hens, so I assume they've been laying in those nests for some time. Maybe all eight of our hens have been laying the whole time... tricky birds!!! So I've done some work today trying to continue sealing off the gates... only to see one of the roosters hop up onto the fence and jump on over.. looks like it's time to trim wings again!!! ARGH!!!! The pasture is so perfect because there's tons of grass and clover and bugs and the big pond they visit to go a-drinking, and it keeps them off the yard. Will the day ever come when they stay in!?!