I just wanted to share--if you are missing a chicken, even if you find a poof of feathers, don't give up looking.
I heard a ruckus from my free range chickens, went out and found my bantam hen missing. I searched the property and found a tiny poof of feathers in an open area. It could have been from a rooster trying to breed her, but there was a lot of fussing going on by the roosters and the hens had all been hugging the fence lines moving into the bushes. I searched for more feathers, hoping she had fallen out of the hawks grip. My husband joined the search for feathers and he found her in shock wedged in a pile of branches that I had left to rot down and hold back the water in heavy rains.
I think a hawk had missed on his/her first strike (small poof of feathers) and she had run into the brush to escape and got trapped. The brush wasn't high enough to keep the hawk away and he was just pulling at her trying to rip her apart. I must have scared him off.
She's bruised, in shock with a lot of nicks and small punctures to her face and neck. I went over her very carefully and put antibiotic ointment on all her nicks. Her eye is really swollen, but it is superficial, not the eye itself. I slathered antibiotic eye ointment all over her eye. Her leg seems badly hurt--I hope it is just a muscle injury--there doesn't seem to be any deviation.
She came out of her shock by the time I had finished going over her looking for wounds. I put her in a crate inside the coop with her friends.
I am so happy I just didn't give up when she was missing and I found the poof of feathers.