My favorite chicken disappeared.
There's always a chance she is still with (you).. I have had chickens go MIA and return after one day away. One was due to escaping like 7734 ( read that upside down) from a predator raccoon . She hid all the next day. I don't know where, possibly neighboring yards, and returned the second day evening. I also had one disappear for 2 weeks and returned. Still an unsolved mystery and she was called Phantom. She lived for 8 more years after.
As to surprising skunks.......... I am sure skunk was just as afraid of you if not more than you of skunk.. I doubt the skunk is the culprit in the disappearance. Your chicken may be up in a tree or in between some shrubs or bushes.. In the morning she may come out..
WISHING YOU BEST..
Keep us updated what you find out tomorrow.
I am hoping for the best for you and your chickens. We had the same thing happen to us over Columbus Day weekend. They still haven't returned. I came home one afternoon last week to see a fox killing another of our hens in our front yard. So I am assuming that the same fox also got our other 2 hens.
I hope the same isn't true for you. I wish I was wrong about our two missing hens, and that in a day or two they will still come home. We miss them terribly.
Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow she will show up (for a little while) if she is sitting on a clutch of hidden eggs. Can she be incubating a family of chicks? The skunk scares me because skunks are the major threat to brooding hens and their eggs.
NEXT TIME SHE COMES BACK, SPY HER OUT TO SEE WHERE SHE IS GOING. She most likely is going to a hidden nest in the woods. You can just keep looking for her until you spot her. She is not far away, but in a well hidden spot. Kind of takes some Sherlock Holmes skills at this stage.