through my own fault i put the chickens out of the coop yesterday while i cleaned it. I left the door open and let them forage in the yard. I forgot about them and went out a couple hours later to feed them and put them in for the night. out of 13 we had 10 in the coop. looked for the missing 3 and found feathers just 2 clumps my heart sank i knew these were gone. today my oldest daughter was yelling mom theres a chicken out. went out and found one outside the coop. picked her up and went to put her in the coop and realized this was a missing chicken all 10 in the coop were accounted for. so far so well we bought her in the house and placed her in the old rabbit cage gave her food and water and she ate and drank right away. she is currently investigating the cage trying to find a way out so tomorrow we will return her to the coop if she continues to do well. shes a little beaten up has a lump on her back and some of her belly feathers are skinned off. so happy we have a happy story afterall.