Not necessarily an emergency...but another chicken went missing just before dark today. It was the youngest rooster, named Julian, who was almost about a year old now. He was with the rest of the flock today, free ranging, when a thunderstorm rolled in. The whole flock took shelter near the coop or under the porch or anything else they could find to hide under, and that was the last time I saw them all before I was gone and didn't get back until dark. When I got back, all were counted for except for Julian. He's the 3rd chicken to have mysteriously disappeared in the past 1 1/2 years. The first one was a bantam hen, but when she went missing we did find the remains in the woods. The 2nd one was a hen who had developed a slight limp in her leg. She went missing one day without a trace and never was found. And now Julian has gone missing, too. The odd thing is that for all three of these occurrences, it has been raining. Coincidence? Maybe. It just seems like whenever it rains, if the chickens happen to be out a little past dark, something happens.
I spent a while looking around the entire perimeter of the property for him with a flashlight in the dark, but there was no sign of him. It's still raining out right now. So, either some predator got him, or he was hiding somewhere from the rain until it got too dark to find his way back to the coop, and is still hiding somewhere out there. I guess all I can do I hope that I'll find him with the rest of the flock tomorrow morning.
Edited by 77horses - 6/9/12 at 6:15pm