I just want to glean information from some of you who have possibly had this experience. I let my 24 week old babies (some just started laying this week) out for a little time each evening. I call them back to the coop by shaking a "kibbles" bag, and they all come running. Tonight I was outside with all 15 of them. My daughter and a friend were also outside as we were grilling out, and taking some pictures. The chickens were milling around us as usual. When I did our kibble routine, only 14 came back. We have looked and looked for our missing Barred Rock girl named Clara. Here's my question: Is it possible that a hawk or owl got her and there was absolutely NO noise involved? Although our eyes were not on them constantly, we were out there with them the entire time. There was no "scattering" of other hens. One other possibility is that she "squeezed" through a wrought iron fence. Although I think that would be rather unusual since they tend to stay together. Also, they all just got one side wings clipped 2 weeks ago, so she couldn't have flown over the 4 foot tall fence. Any ideas? Anyone had a chicken just simply "go missing"? Thanks in advance for replies!