Chickens can be so naughty. They get into all sorts of places that they really shouldn't be; I've seen pictures of them in kitchens, lounges - one even made herself comfortable in the bathroom sink! But a couple of my Facebook friends have had their hens go on shopping trips! Here are their stories.
A Welsh friend's hen went off to the local co-op in the back of a workman's car. He was operating a digger at her home, and come lunchtime he drove off in his car to the shop to get something to eat. He had made the mistake of leaving all the windows of his car open when it was parked at her home - a clear invitation to passing chickens to check inside. When he came out of the shop, he turned to put his lunch on the back seat and there was a hen! She had laid an egg and was sitting tight enjoying the outing.
A New Zealand friend's hen hitched an even longer ride. Her husband drove 20 km to the shop to pick up the pig veg. Before he leaves on any trip, he always checks the back of the truck because there are invariably chickens in the crate that's kept there. He shooshes them out and then if any hop back on they usually hop out again pdq and go on their way. Not this time though.
When he arrived at the veggie shop there was a "bok bok" coming from the crate! There, tucked up in the corner of it, was a very pretty hen. He put her under his arm, went into the shop to ask if he could have a box and popped her in that for the return journey.
She'd been down windy back roads and then along the motorway at 90 km an hour, huddled down in the crate. What an adventure! Not that she appreciated it; when he got home and opened up the box, she hopped out, shouted at him and went and had something to eat! That hen has no idea how lucky she is!