Oh my goodness, what an adorable picture!
I went out this morning and the olive egger hen who laid her first egg yesterday was missing. I'm hoping she'll show up, but either way I'll be reinforcing some things tonight. This is the first chicken that's ever just disappeared in 3 years. When I first got chickens, I lost a 6 week old chick to a predator (I suspected a feral cat) and one was dumb enough to crawl under the fence into my neighbors yard with 2 german shepherds. This one, I don't know. I found no feathers or blood, she's just gone. The gate into the backyard was accidentally left unlocked last night, so either a 2 or 4 legged predator appears to have carried her off without a trace.
Oh no - hopefully she's just holed up somewhere -- maybe the whole "new layer" thing has her a bit out of sorts and looking for a good hidden nesting spot.
Well, yeah - cuz until it breaks again there's no reason to do anything more permanent.
LOTS of fudge, at least for the really nice ones from folks who are doing a good job of being selective -- plenty of folks out there churning out back yard breeding versions of them with little care for the culling involved in turning out good birds and looking to make a quick, easy buck selling the "flavor of the month" bird.