I have two chickens- pets, really. I have a small cage in the house where they sleep every night, and I put them out in the morning when I go to work. Every night, when it gets dark, they show up on the window sill and tap on the glass. I bring them in and give them some treat, and put them to bed. I have been building a run and a coop for them so that now when it gets dark earlier, they will be safe until I get home. But tonight, it got dark before I got home. I expected to see them sitting on the window sill. Nothing. I waited- sometimes they are a little late and I've had more than one scare. Still nothing. The window sill is pretty high up, so if they made it there by nightfall, I don't know what would have attacked them. I still have hopes they are hiding out somewhere keeping quiet in a bush or something. Would chickens EVER stay out all night? Could they survive all night in the semi-wild without getting eaten? I am leaving my garage open all night and all the outside lights on in case, but I don't know if I am just being silly. I have two acres, and I do have my share of deer, racoons, and turkey, and last summer I saw a fox, but it is not like this place is teaming with wildlife. Plus, my neighbors have chickens and the only time they ever had trouble was when a racoon got into the hen house and the poor chickens couldn't get away.