Recently we experienced a beautiful sunset at the farm. The purple sky reflected on the wet road dividing the north and south fields making the road look purple. We were closing the chickens at 9pm and fully enjoying the view. I have to admit that at 8:30pm I was not so happy about the prospect of having to come back to the farm. We had already been there at 6:30 to close everyone for the night, but the chickens just did not want to go in. It felt like herding a bunch of 3 year-olds. So we left and came back at 8:30, and the chickens walked back into the coop without any trouble. We locked the coop and said good night. GOING BACK WAS ONE SMART DECISION!
We heard from Alex, the farmer living close to the barn, that a large bear visited the barn at 10pm! Apparently he touched the fences and made a scream that is hard to repeat. Alex thought that someone was impaled and dragged down the street. Then his house lights came on and caught the bear straight in the eyes right before he turned towards the woods with such a vigor that Alex could hear the floor shaking under his feet and could hear his panting while he was several yards away.
So ... 1) the electric fences work against bears and 2) always close your chickens!