Apparently during the day yesterday, we had a chicken explosion. I got home, took the dogs out, and was going to then let the chickens out-- BUT, they were all already out! The heavy gallon water dispenser was on its side, empty. The gate was open. The two older chickens were hanging out around the pen, out in the yard, amid a small pile of feathers-- but I couldn't find the new chicken anywhere! Maybe they pecked her to death and hid the evidence (except for some feathers), I was thinking. She had had an altercation with the other two the night before-- and we had finally found her crouched and huddled next to the wall of a building. So, I began to canvass the back yard--- looking under the bushes and behind the potted plants-- anywhere there was a little space a chicken could crawl in to hide. Finally, I found her, at the other side of the yard up next to the fence-- about as far away from the other two-- and majorly out of sight of the other two-- as she could possibly get. She was the devil to heard back into the regular yard area-- she did not want to go near those other two. I could not heard her into the pen. Finally, I just gave up-- locked the other two up in their pen, refilled and uprighted the water dispenser and awaited my husband returning home to try to get her into the coop for the night. By the time my husband showed up it was dark and the new chicken was attempting (with loud clucking) to roost on one of the patio chairs-- these chairs are sort of rockers and she was having a time. By the time my husband got there, she was pretty well tired out from trying to roost on the rocking chairs-- and he just picked her up and carried her over to the coop and tucked her in. She went to sleep in one nest box and the other two went to sleep in the other nest box, together. Any tips? Are my two Americaunas going to kill the new hen? We only have the one coop and the one tractor pen-- unless the new bird just stays in the yard, we can't really separate them. In the yard, she'd be prey to the occasional (not very often) stray cat and possible hawk. Any tips appreciated.