It's been a long, crazy day. Super busy at work, got home to find that the meal we prepared in the crock pot wasn't cooked (thank goodness we had lots of leftovers in the fridge) and baby boy decided to throw a never-ending scream-fest when I took the thermometer away from him. I hadn't had a chance to check on the chickens yet this evening, and Tuesdays I don't get home at lunch so I hadn't been out to the coop since just after 7am. DH went to work before we even sat down for dinner, but he sometimes gets off after only an hour or so at work in the evenings if they're really slow, so when I saw headlights pull into the driveway I assumed it was him. Turns out it was one of our neighbors (I think the one with the yappy little rat terrier named Rascal), stopping by to tell me about my girls' adventure this afternoon! Turns out at least 4 (maybe 5) had flown over the fence into the neighbors' yards (not the one with the dog, although we can see each others' backyards his yard is fenced and doesn't actually touch our property line) and couldn't figure out how to get back in. He was nice enough to herd them into a corner and put them over the fence back into our yard! Said we'd taken such good care of them so far, he'd hate to see one laying in the road hit by a car (or the city bus). As soon as little man went to bed, I ran out to the coop to do a head count and close up for the night. Everyone was safe and sound on the roost. I am so going to have to send him a thank you card and a dozen eggs (just waiting on more eggs, so that all of the eggs in his thank-you carton are at least 1 1/3oz or bigger). And no more free ranging in the yard when we're not home!