Not sure if its the weather or the fact that hunting season started today, or something else, but my flock is acting strangely. I let them out somewhat late this morning, but noticed a few hours later that none were wandering around the yard like usual. I went outside wondering if there was another hawk attack (there have been a few lately- no deaths for months now, but just that they fly over now and again) and noticed that all of my flock went back inside the coop. They were roosting and some were even sleeping. ??! Except for a few hens here and there, I've not ever seen all of my flock go back inside in the middle of the day. I've also noticed that it is very quiet outside- no birds chirping, no animals sounding any sort of call- not even my neighbor's goats. It is the first day of hunting season here- so my first idea is that all the hunters in the woods have disturbed wildlife and hence, my birds picked up on it as well. The other idea is that its the weather- its cold, but not horribly cold. There is a sharp chill in the air, the sky is grey and we have a light mist falling- not even sprinkles, but a misty rain. It somewhat looks like its going to snow. I don't think its in the forecast at all. There is not too much sunshine out due to the grey clouds, but its not like my birds have not wanted to miss an opportunity scratching outside even on a day like this. Even if wildlife is 'quiet' as it has been before, my flock will just hide under some bushes, but they don't go back inside the coop... never until just before evening sets in. Anyone ever witness something like this, and if so, did you ever find out why? They aren't sick.. no sniffles, all are active if stirred. They will dive to get some scratch if I put it down on the floor, but once that is gobbled up, they will go back to roosting. I'm totally baffled and nothing but thoughts of those reports of animals acting strangely before seismic events keep going through my mind. (yes, I know that is really far fetched.) I would suppose the most reasonable answer would be the hunters invading the woods has really stirred up local wildlife. ? We hear guns going off now and then- but its not anything unusual for this area to hear guns going off or other loud noises in the distance, so i don't think that could be it either.