we have / had 6 layers ( approx 7 months old) , yesterday they were out free ranging, only 3 of the 6 returned for the night , found one alive and well this morning in the woods. she has been returned to the coop. there are still 2 missing and nights are starting to get cold here in nova scotia canada. the chickens have often spent many hours roaming the woods / thickets doing whatever chickens do.
a couple behavior questions ?
a neighbor has a rooster (we do not) the neighbor is approx 400 yards thru wood , we can hear the roster but not see the house. would the girls be adventurous enough to go investigate . Is that in their chicken behavior ?
yes i believe they could have been taken by a predator , after all chickens do taste good. however just curious whats the longest you have had a missing chicken suddenly show up again ?
thanks in advance for your input