We just incurred our biggest single chicken expense yet. Paid $120 to a neighbor boy to close them into their house at night during our vacation. Ten dollars a day. A lot, no? It's a stupidly easy job -- the birds all go inside voluntarily at dusk -- but you have to be there EVERY NIGHT to physically close and secure the door. This seemed like a big, tedious commitment for a 15-year-old boy hence the pay. I still worry that his super-nice parents filled in for him when he had other plans, were down there on our hill locking up the chickens and quietly resenting us.