So I've been paying an awful lot of attention to sunset/sunrise times lately, since I work and I have to be able to plan for those days when I'll be cutting it close getting home to put the chooks to sleep. But this week I learned something that I'd never thought about before: the earliest sunset of the year is NOT on the shortest day of the year. Here our earliest sunset actually occurs the 6th through the 10th (obviously one of those days is the absolute earliest, but my resource is only accurate to the minute). The shortest day of the year, of course, is the 21st. And the LATEST sunrises actually run all the way from the 28th to the 12th day of next year So yeah, my chickens are teaching me things that have nothing whatsoever to do with chickens.