This is Curious the rooster. Our mama hen, Road Runner, hatched him a couple of years ago and we gave him and the other chicks from that clutch to our young friend, Betz. Curious had a pretty special home, with special attention from Betz and her Dad, who even fed him by hand. Unfortunately, Curious has a bit of an aggressive streak in him, so he was brought back to the funny farm for the safety and peace of mind of his young owner.
Curious started out in a separate coop so he could get used to his surroundings. We planned to let him mix with the other chickens once he got his bearings, but Curious had his own way of doing things. He did, indeed, mix with the other chickens during the day, but even now, months later, Curious still likes to sleep alone in his own coop.
We let our chickens free range during the day, but we shut the chickens in their coops after dark to keep them safe from predators. As each evening turns to dusk, the rest of the chickens go into their coop and Curious continues around to his own bachelor pad. We simply go out at dark and close the doors. Tonight, though, we were later getting home. Assuming everyone was tucked in tight, I sent Carter out to close the coops.
After a bit, while we were watching a movie, Carter and I heard an awful noise right outside the screen door. We paused the movie and peeked out the door to see what was making the screeching we'd heard. It was Curious! Standing in between our very perplexed dogs, he was standing tall and crowing at the top of his voice. He had been locked out of his coop and he was not happy, but he knew just what to do. That rooster knew that the people who could help him were inside that door and he was going to do whatever it took to get him home!
Carter and I tried to shoo him back towards his coop, a little afraid that he might attack us, but he was not about to venture into the dark. Instead he stood taller and allowed Carter to pick him right up. With no fuss at all, Carter was able to carry him back to his coop and put him safely to bed.
Curious is the independent type. He knows how to take care of himself and he is rather proud, but he also knows when he needs help. He is not afraid to ask for it and he sure is grateful when he receives it! As a matter of fact, we were so delighted that Curious asked for our help and that he accepted that help, it actually made us love him more - go figure!
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.