Our home is listed as a two family even though it's not. We keep it that way because if we put it back, we will never be able to get it to a two family again because of new town regulations. I filled out the census form for the "second" family, saying that the basement was vacant but apparently this was confusing so a census taker showed up today. She went all the way down the hill to the back of the house to see if she could scare up any tenants in the basement. And that's where the chickens free range. Long ago, I realized that free ranging would not work unless I figured out some trick to get the chickens to come to me. Catching them is not an option. So I took one to our dog trainer who is also a behaviorist and who started clicker training on chickens. We talked and she showed me how to teach them to peck something that was a particular color, then I would click and the chicken would get rewarded. I put a lot of thought into it and, since this is apple country where apples are cheap and tomatoes grow well, I decided to train them on the color red. So now, I just take an apple or tomato out back, hold it up and yell, "Chickens!!" The yelling gets their attention and if I'm holding something red, they come running. This is a pretty spectacular process. Some fly, others run. It looks like a swarm of poultry coming at me. Then I throw the object away from me before they get tangled up in my feet and they target this then eat it. I don't wear red. The census woman does. Next thing we know, the census woman is at the front door and DH is explaining why she was swarmed by 15 or so chickens who just would not leave her alone. She probably should have called first.