I took this picture at night, while the Dominickers were roosting. For those who don’t know, chickens really do always come home to roost. All we have to do is wait for them to go to bed, then close the door on the coop to keep them safe from noctural predators.
When chickens are roosting at night they’re in a sort of near-comatose state. They’re not asleep, but they’re not awake either. Because they’re so out of it, even the flightiest birds can be handled and moved at night.
I find the way they arrange themselves at night interesting (and they’ll return to the same spot every night). Notice that while most of them face the wall, two conformists choose not to. And notice that they all are roosting on the left side of the coop, except for one rebel who has defiantly elected to roost on the right.
My OCD streak dislikes this. They should all face the same way and they should either evenly distribute themselves on the roosting poles or they should all roost on only one of them.
Of course my preferences are irrelevant and they’re not going to take them into account when settling in for the evening.