While I was drinking my coffee Friday morning, contemplating the day’s gardening chores, something caught my eye outside my window. My first thought was, “No…it can’t be.” I put down my coffee and walked onto my patio – in pajamas and all. And I’ll be darned if it wasn’t what I thought! Chickens in my neighbor’s yard!
Barefoot and sporting pink plaid pajamas, I tenderly walked across my backyard to the fence to take a closer look. The house whose yard sits behind my shed has shown no signs of life for a very long time. A couple months ago, carpenters were at work on the house, so I figured we were getting ready for new neighbors. I’ve yet to see people at the house, although there is a gas grill near the back door. Someone must live there. And they have two chickens!
I got so excited! With my plan to build a coop and raise five hens soon, I was overjoyed to know I have a like-minded neighbor.
The chickens were foraging all day Friday and Saturday, but were out of sight on Sunday. I didn’t see a chicken coop in the yard, but there was an opening to the crawl space under the house. I’m wondering if that’s where they’re staying at night until a coop can be built. Or…are they someone else’s chickens?
It’s a mystery, but I’m looking forward to peeking behind my shed every day to see if my new neighbors are foraging about.
Do you raise chickens in your backyard? Do your neighbors?