Broody Hen Gone Missing
I wouldn't worry to much about predators, usually chickens are pretty good at not attracting attention, and I'm assuming you don't clip the wings so if something does go after her she could fly in a tree. Even if its only 8 feet off the ground.
Edited by I Love Layers - 5/20/16 at 9:28pm
- Monkey Lookout
I would not imagine that she is safe out in the woods. Maybe the best thing you can do is search for her in the morning, or hope that you see her coming to eat and drink (and then catch her). From what i have read its not necessarily uncommon for hens to do this, but its not something that i have experienced.
If you do find her, i would suggest that you either give some more fertile eggs to sit on, but in an enclosed area within the coop, or you break her broodiness (type "broody buster" in the search box).
Yes. I wouldn't really worry, the first time a hen stayed the night out I looked and looked couldn't find her. I looked for a whole week finally I gave up. 14 days after the first week I heard chicks peeping under a wheelbarrow and there she was with 9 chicks.
I wouldn't worry to much about predators, usually chickens are pretty good at not attracting attention
My barred rock stayed out one night when I didn't know she likes to hide on top of the chicken coop, I woke up one morning to find her on the front porch as the other chickens were still in the coop. Hopefully it's the same this time!
A few years ago one of my bantams got attacked by a fox in broad daylight, but none of my chickens have been attacked, they've only died of diseases over the years