Thought I'd post this just because it surprises me. Generally, I think of chickens as being pretty stupid birds, with just enough instinct to keep them alive. Not smart enough to even learn their own names. But three times now, they've done something that surprises me. They come to me and ask for help. Here are the stories. #1 - We had what I think may have been a new Hampshire Red hen. She was a great hen, built and feathered like a BO, but red, although not as dark as a RIR. One of the most vocal hens we've had, pleasantly vocal, like she was singing. Anyway, I got her as an adult and she was a nice friendly hen. At one point she ended up being alone. Predators and other issues had taken the rest of the birds. Anyway, one night about 10 o'clock, she shows up at the back door in a panic, all excited, out of breath. We let her into the kitchen and I swear she was pointing with her wing, down towards the coop, like she was trying to say "Down there (pant, pant) ... something scary (pant, pant) ... make it better (pant, pant)." So I grab a light and head down there and find a young possum licking up the remnants of an egg. I looked back towards the house and Little Red had gotten up on the sink and was looking out the window, monitoring the removal of the intruder. I dealt with the possum and we let Little Red sleep perched on a bench by the back door that night, as she didn't want anything to do with the coop. By the next day she seemed to have forgotten and went back to sleep in the coop. I reinforced the fencing around the coop soon afterwards, but sadly, a coyote got her when she was free-ranging one day. #2 - I have an EE hen that is at the bottom of the pecking order, so sometimes I let her free-range while keeping the others locked in the coop/run, just to give her some peace. One evening I forgot to let her back in with the others before bedtime. So as the sun was setting, I was at the computer doing something and suddenly I hear a boom on the patio door, kinda like when a sparrow hits the glass but much bigger. Chicken size, in fact. So I go running to see what's wrong and Squawk is standing by the door looking in. I realized, "Oh, she can't go to bed..." so I went out and she ran towards the coop. What amazed me is that she knocked on the door to say "I need to go to bed, come open the gate!" #3 - Similar situation, except the run gate was open, and all the birds were free-ranging. But earlier in the day, I had blocked the little door from the run to the coop to isolate one hen in the coop so I could catch her. So when dusk came, they could all get into the run, but not the coop. My wife was at the sink and noticed Squawk jumping up on the bench by the door and looking in the window. My wife went to the door and said "What are you doing Squawk? Shouldn't you be going to bed?" Squawk jumped down and ran about 10 feet towards the coop, then stopped and looked back. My wife didn't know the door was blocked, so she went back to what she was doing and figured Squawk would go to bed. Well, about 10 minutes later we heard a big boom on the door. I went to look and Squawk and Bubba the rooster were standing there. I realized right away that I had left the door blocked, so I grabbed a light (it was pretty dark already) and headed for the coop, with Squawk and Bubba leading the way. When we got there, all the other hens were crowded into the corner by the blocked door, as if Squawk told them "You all stay here, I'll take care of this...Bubba, come with me." Again, it was as if she knocked on the door. Even after seeing this myself, I can hardly believe chickens are smart enough to figure such things out. I'd be interested in hearing other stories of chicken resourcefulness if y'all have some.