Usually my DH locks up the chickens but he was helping a neighbor. He did call to say that he was on his way hom so I was going to let him do it when he got home but the kids happened to "let" me go check on them (meaning playing happily with each other). As I was opening the door, the neighborhood cat turned and ran away - he was headed towards the chickens which were laying on the porch. Me opening the door scared the cat away and I guess the cat scared the chickens enough that I didn't have to do much to get them in their crate. WAs able to pick up the hens and the boys followed and went right in.