Holy Cats! just went out to lock everyone up for the night. Got the Meaties into the tractor and i keep hearing, 'peep peep peep'. i look down and hear it come out of a HUGE gopher hole in the ground. (about 2 1/2 feet deep!!! how did i not break my ankle out there before? let me help you with a visual... a. I HATE PUTTING MY HAND INTO ANYTHING I CANNOT SEE b. I AM TERRIFIED OF ANIMALS HIDING IN HOLES i am out in the dark rooting around in a tiny hole on top but huge underground. i am saying out loud, "PLEASE GOD, DON'T LET ANYTHING BUT THE CHICKEN BE IN THERE!" i cannot see or feel the chicken, but i can hear it. this runs through my mind...DIG HIM OUT! no...could end up suffocating him. then i remember every t.v. show about kids falling down wells (i.e Little House on the Prairie ha ha) do i tunnel in from the side? what-the-heck-am-i-gonna-do-Lord-help-me! VOILA! brain buster! grabbed some cracked corn and threw it into the opening of the hole. i can see feathers glowing in the dark. i could just barely touch him if i smushed my arm down into the hole. i was finally able to reach in just far enough to push the chicken down and roll him with my hands and grab his feet to pull him through. he JUST fit through the hole. totally covered with dirt and a little chilly, but could care less when he saw the cracked corn in the tractor. i feel like a one girl rescue team! i am frozen and dirty with wet knees in the pants, but i feel pretty good that my little Meatie is safe. (for now! ha!) looks like i have some sand to move tomorrow morning!