We just went out to check on the chickens and make sure that everyone was properly up on the roosts and keeping each other warm, when lying in the straw under the roosts we found this...
...which appears to be the Eye of Sauron! I didn't even know he was in town.
I can imagine what took place...it's late, the chickens are peacefully asleep, all unaware of the horror to come...
Sauron slooowly emerges from the straw strewn in the bottom of the
coop. Up he rises, eye first, balefully glaring about..
mortals, see me now and fear! Your miserable time on Earth is over,
DEATH is at hand! It is I, Sauron, Lord of...wait, what--? Is this chicken shit?! Aw, DUDE! Gross!" *retching & spitting noises*
And defeated, Sauron sinks not-so-slowly back unto the Earth, in his haste to depart leaving behind his eyeball.
Seems my chickens have saved us all.
what it really is, is an egg yolk surrounded by a bit of bloody
membrane (Sauron pupil courtesy of a handy Sharpie). Hens have these
little hiccups every so often, especially new pullets in Spring. Not
all that common, but freakish and startling to find, for sure!