So I posted in a couple other forums about a missing hen we have, thinking for sure something must have gotten her. But I've been thinking lately, maybe that's not the case. When we got her, she came with her chicks. (11 chicks, but one ended up dying) she was very protective of them for the first few weeks. we were told she laid on all eleven and hatched them. Then it became apparent that she was trying to wean them. She started going off without them, pecking at them to get food, etc. (Before that, she was always letting them eat first, teaching them how to scratch, etc).. Okay now to the next part. A week or so after it was apparent that she was weaning them, she laid an egg in the coop. (they free ranged during the day and were cooped at night) My husband got the coop when we noticed it. The next night.. EVERYONE of the chicks and the hen refused to come in the coop. We gathered them all out of the apple tree they were roosting in, and cooped them. Next night, same thing.. refused to come in at night.. only during the day to eat or drink water. Again... we gathered and cooped them. After that, it became impossible to gather them all bc they were roosting higher and higher in the tree. After the third night. we no longer saw the older hen, Granny is her name. Still haven't seen her and its been about two weeks. Started to think she had fallen prey to something. But i'm starting to wonder if its possible that she is laying somewhere and its far enough out of sight that when she comes off to lay, we don't see her. Keep in mind we have 13 acres, but the chicks were right by the goat stall, and donkey stall.. So my question is .. Do you think it possible she got mad that my husband took the first and only egg we know of her laying, and is out somewhere laying on them? any certain areas they like to lay if this happens? saw another post from years ago that sounded an awful lot like what I am posting. The difference is he saw his every three days or so, and he had found a nest of about thirty eggs. we have not. Where should I be looking incase this is the issue we are having?/ thanks in advance for any tips, info, advice.