Chickens will cross the road. They’ll also cross your yard, your driveway, and your neighbor’s lawn. Why? To get to the blueberry bushes. To see what’s under the leaves in the woods. To investigate the sparkly thing in the overgrown weeds in the gravel. Chickens are active and curious animals. Don’t expect them to stay on your property just because you think it’s a fine place for them.
Some hens cross the road simply because they like to wander. I have a very large backyard, with plenty for the girls to do, and yet once in awhile Buffy decided to walk down the driveway. She wasn’t looking for tasty things to eat. She wasn’t looking for a place to hide her eggs. Buffy walked down the middle of the driveway with the leisurely insouciance of a lady taking a stroll.
Unlike Buffy, the hen in this card looks to be going somewhere. Perhaps she was on the way back to the coop to lay her egg, but got distracted (so easy when you’re a chicken!)
Buffy no longer lays, and she no longer goes for long ambles down the driveway. I’ve installed a fence to keep her and the girls in the backyard. You can never be sure of why a hen decides to cross a road, but it’s usually a bad idea. I’m keeping the chickens close to home.