I was off running an errand and was driving back up to my farm when I noticed a minivan parked around the corner from my gate. Sometimes cars that break down on the highway park there, and stolen cars get dumped there from time to time. It's an easy-on easy-off the highway place.
As I got closer I could see that the side door on the minivan was open, and there was someone in the passenger seat. A little closer, and I could see a guy with a salmon net walking under the trestle towards my fenceline. At that point I had a pretty good idea of what was going on. I pulled in behind them, and walked up -- sure enough, there's a pet carrier in the minivan, door open.
It's a neer-do-well neighbor of mine. He bought 3 chickens from me, and I believe he was looking to add to his flock. "ah, hi! we were just shooing your chickens towards your fence!" Yea, sure. Tell you what; there's no chicken in your carrier, and you've been a customer of mine in the past, so I'm going to give you a pass this time. But next time I'm gonna deck you. Drive away!
7 hours ago