Okay, I am truly perplexed at the moment. I have 28 6 week old chicks right now. Tonight at about 7:45-8:00 it was starting to get dark and I was getting them in. I had one little Turken hen and an Delaware hen still out. I was in the coop which is a 10x10 dog kennel with a roof and chicken wire over the chain link so I can see right in or out. I literally had just filled up the feed, and sat there water down it took approximately 45-60 seconds. I then went out to get her and she was gone. What could have gotten her? What I mean to say what would have been so bold to come up with a person not 25 feet away? It's pretty open and there isn't a lot of hiding places. I thought that since it was getting dark she may have hunkered down somewhere. I really don't think that because my wife and I have scoured around and looked everywhere. Also, they really don't get very far from the coop. They come running to the door when I come in. I know she's not hunkered down somewhere, but now i don't know what it could be. Any ideas on something that could have gotten her? The facts are it was about dark when it happened and she didn't make a sound. I don't think fox or raccoon because I think I would've saw them and foxes especially seem to not come around people. Could it have been an Owl or Hawk? Or worse yet a snake. I am terrified if it is a snake because I don't know what I could do to keep it away. Has this happened to any of you all. I am pretty new here and I don't want my little flock to get pulled off one by one. I will stay out there all night if I have to. Any body know how to stop a snake if that is what it is. Any advice or ideas as to what it could be would be great. I know this may sound silly but I am really attached to my little chicks as you all are too, and I want to protect them. Please help the new guy out with any ideas or similar stories.