Originally Posted by DesertChic
Originally Posted by RedBanks
No sign of her...... I have to put on some serious clothing and go thru the woods, filled with sticker vines and bushes, snakes, swamp, etc. The last time I lost one hen I found a pile of feathers across a small creek that feeds the lake. My Biels are very big hens and I have over 60 8 week olds out there. It is odd the predator got her unless it was a big one. Bobcat or coyote during the day I would guess.... but why didn't it come back for seconds?
And you're sure she didn't turn broody and find a nice hiding place in which to hatch some chicks?
No that is what I hope.... but everyone here says Biels don't go broody. I did see one hen wondering around in the grown up part of the back forty a few days ago, I will try to find her. They can roam my 20 acres, my neighbor's many acres, my sister's 30 if they really wanted to hide. They are usually in a five-acre area around my house. No...... I take that back, they are usually on my porch leaving evidence of their presence everywhere!