Recently with us the question took on a whole new meaning. Let me explain, Hoop-a-long, our clean up chicken, would clean up spilled grain in the barns from the goats. After spending several years in with the goats he seemed to long to be out with the rest of the chickens. He was with the goats because from the time he hatched, he had something wrong with his leg. That kept him from walking and running quite right, he just kind of waddled as he walked. Besides that, he was a nice plump rooster. We never had the heart to put him down so we put him with the goats. When we put him in with the general population he was tended to be a loner and followed a road less traveled. One evening while we were putting the chickens to bed we did a head count and Hop-a-long was missing. We searched the farm and the surrounding area and could not find him. At this time of year there is still lots to eat, so he might come back.
Until then we will ask ourselves why did he cross the road?