You know the expression about the "chickens coming home to roost"? It's really true. As evening approaches, chickens begin heading back toward their enclosure. And given the opportunity, they prefer to spend the night elevated off the ground. They'll roost on pretty much anything...and we've seen some fairly bizarre choices (particularly rafters, and other unlikely areas we never would've thought a chicken could reach).
But tonight takes the cake. I went out to the barn to turn off the lights and secure the doors...and had to do a double-take when I spotted those two hens who've been co-brooding eleven chicks between them. Both hens, and all eleven chicks (who are now fully feathered and getting to be a pretty good size) had encamped four feet off the ground, on the narrow edge of a single roll of fencing material we'd stacked against a wall. Here is a close-up: