Retarded or Genius? I cant decide. Of the 7 new hens I acquired at the beginning of June all but one are very ...chicken-y. Then there's the one. One of the Rhode Island reds . She's always the last one to come out of the pen. She's always a bit from the flock. When there is danger she is the first under the bushes. When the food is thrown out she watches everyone else eat before taking a bite. She is always unpredictable. She never goes where she is not supposed too. She wants to be petted at times but absolutely will not be herded or tricked into following the food. I think something happened when she fell into the inter dimensional portal that seems to be located somewhere in the chicken pen. About three weeks after we got the new hens we decided it was time to let them free range Mystic Cedars. Everything went fine for about a week. Then one day I did my once hourly head count and one was missing. Jimmy and searched the entire one acre.... every tree,bush,outbuilding and hideyhole she could possibly get into. We searched the chicken pen inch by inch at least 5 times.....then got the neighbors involved in case she went over the fence. We searched for about 4 hours before giving up and deciding she had been carried off by a hawk or something. Before locking the other girls in the coop for the night we did another head count and searched the pen again ...making sure to check under the coop with a flashlight. We locked the pen for the night. The next morning when I went out to let the chickens out she was sitting inside the locked pen next to the coop door. Her eyes were a bit glazed and she seemed a little cold but, when I let the others out she perked up and joined them for breakfast. We thought she was ok but the truth is.... She aint never been 'right' since then. I wonder at times if she really is MY chicken or if she belonged to the Frankie in the parallel universe and we switched hens when the portal closed. It would make sense that her behaviors would reflect the little differences in the universes. Maybe she gets confused when a tree or bush isn't supposed to be there. Or maybe in the parallel ... I'm a movie star living in LA and somebody else owns this place. Maybe that's it..... Maybe she doesn't know who I am. Or maybe in the other dimension.... Chickens are the rulers of the world and she's not adjusting well to sharing a coop with 9 other chickens.... or being valued for her egg laying instead of her mind. What ever happened to her ...it has set her apart from the others.