Free range... on my wooden deck

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MTchick, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. MTchick

    MTchick Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    My hens spend all day in their big beautiful run. When I get home from work, I put my dog inside and let the hens out into the lawn and gardens for a few hours. They almost always do the single strangest thing I can think of- they all walk straight over onto my large wooden deck and stare at me through the screen door. Sometimes they sit down and nap on the deck. It takes at least an hour, sometimes two, before they go out into the lawn to snack on grass or scratch around in my potato garden. I would think the bare soft dirt of the gardens, the fresh flowers and grass, etc would be so much nicer than a hot, hard, wooden deck.

    What gives? Do you think they like the warm boards? I wish they would stop pooping on the deck although my dog eats all of it once he gets let back out. So that is... umm.. convenient and repulsive all at once.

    Any thoughts?

  2. Judymae

    Judymae Songster

    Apr 22, 2007
    Merit, Tx
    They want to see you! I think we are as much entertainment sometimes for them as they are for us! [​IMG] And if your dog cleans up their mess I wouldn't worry about a thing!
  3. bayouchica

    bayouchica Songster

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    Yeah sounds like they miss you & they know where all the goodies are at. LOL
  4. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Sounds like they want you to come out and play with them!!! [​IMG]

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