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PLEASE HELP! Chicken ran away!!!!

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Ok, so my bantam/silkie mix chicken was out with the rest of my chickens while I was cleaning their coop, when I was finished I decided to use my Aussie mix, who is not brand new, but fairly new to herding, to get my chickens in.

She had done this successfully many times before. One chicken (my bantam silkie named Gäiä ) strayed off and when my dog went to go herd her into the coop she flew out into the pine trees behind my house. Not only is there that patch of pine trees but grass and weeds up to my shoulder. I went out to look for her but didn't hear ir see her. I thought maybe she'd come back before night but she's been out there for two days now and I'm getting more and more increasingly worried.

She is quite special to me and just helped me hatch a few baby ducklings. Does anyone know what I should do or if she will come back?!
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Maybe try calling her and shaking some of her favourite treats in a bucket or something like that? I know my chickens go mad when i shake the box of millet seeds i give them as a treat!

 

Good luck

CT

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I love my chickens, and have my original 13 I raised from Chicks.

I free range all day on my 10 acre farm. Mostly corn field, but sme grassy marsh. Successfully for months, never lost a single bird. Each day the rooster would call the ladies back to the coop as it got dark, and sit in he door, posted guard, until I closed them up.

Today, I am in your shoes.

The day before last night 4 never came home. I searched 2 hours that night, walked 40+ rows of corn looking for my birds, feathers, or any clues. I never found anythng. I went out again for an hour the next morning calling for them.

I let the remainng 8+1 roo out to hopefully encourage the safe return. Last night I still only had 9.

Today I am in your shoes. Ive settled with the loss, but feel I need to know WHY. I also have a dog who heards them in each day when I feel theyve gone too far. I wonder, did I spook them, did they feel unsafe?

The corn gets harvested next week, Ill be able to see the ground and hopefully dont find any carcasses.

Heres hoping that soon we both find those missing to come home at night.
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post #4 of 7
I also wonder if the geese migration (and honking) may have led my 4-some astray. Perhaps the got lost in the marsh, or eaten by hawks.

The worst part is that my 9 remaining are keot in the enclosed run until I know its safe.
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Thank you to everyone who replied, we had almost lost hope on her but yesterday she came back! She is quite skinny and starting to molt but she is safe and sound.
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Great news thumbsup.gif
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I found a coyote den on my property, I don't suspect my 5 will be returning as yours did.

Happy to hear yours is safe!!!
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