Pikeman- How old is she? Red tailed hawks can carry a small full grown chicken away. I had a coopers hawk come down and try to carry a 3 pound silkie away last summer but I scared him in time. If she was petite it is possible. Keep an eye out though, maybe if she is laying she has a stash of eggs she is sitting on?
Tweety- Love the set up, very nice. Those ducks are getting huge!
Ivy- So glad you are home and doing well!
Hawkeye-Usually when a chick is close to hatch all you can see is dark mass and air cell. I usually can't see hardly any veining anymore and you can usually see there head pressing up against the air cell as they move into hatching position. Don't beat yourself up, I can't hatch silkies to save my life. I set a dozen eggs and wind up with 2 or 3 chicks out the bunch. Have you tried some mutt chicken eggs or large fowl eggs just as practice? I have a friend out in Andover that would gladly give you a couple rhode island red eggs to practice with. I hatched a batch of her eggs and made so many mistakes and still had a 100% hatch. Sometimes it is good to have a confidence booster before you set dainty silkie eggs.
Molly got her hair done yesterday and is looking like a show girl!! I will post pics of her later and her new helper!! We are thinking about doing an invisible fence on the property to keep her within our acreage? I just got a book on LGDs and they recommended either electric fencing or an invisible fence to keep dogs on your own land. I don't know that I want to run electric fencing everywhere just yet so the invisible fence is sounding better....