Apparently to get helping finding her way home.
My first post on this blog was about our red front door. Our neighbor's chicken is the first to take us up on its traditional meaning - "a safe place to stay for a weary traveler".
Lucky The Chicken lives, literally, right across the road from us. A few weeks ago, she flew the coop. Her owners told us later that they looked and looked for her to no avail, and so she spent a few cold nights outside (we still had snow on the ground).
Until she came knocking at our front door. She had walked through the snow to our front porch and was flitting around, bumping up against the window and the door. Our two cats found this to be fabulously entertaining and were perched on the window sills watching when I went to the door to see what all the ruckus was all about.
When I opened the door, Lucky looked up at me expectantly as if to say, "So, are we just going to stand here or are you going to invite me in?".
She was clearly happy to be inside and out of the cold, settling right in as we carried her around (up and away from the curious cats). We left a message for our neighbors, and they came over later to collect her. Lucky departed clucking quietly and safely tucked away under the arm of her owner. She's welcome to visit again any time.
When we painted the door red, we would never have predicted that the traveler in need would be a fine feathered friend. It's a good lesson in being open minded about who needs your help. Any chance someone in your office you'd never expect could use your assistance? If you create a "red door" culture, you could be pleasantly surprised about who takes you up on it.
And as to another age old question, which came first the chicken or the egg? The chicken came first, the eggs were delivered later as a thank you gift from the neighbors.