Has anyone experienced, or is it possible, a rooster or hen for that matter, ever disappearing to maybe go off to die? My sweet rooster was not with his girls this evening when we went to shut them in. He is a very large white aracauna. We looked everywhere with no signs of him. Anything trying to drag him off would certainly have had a fight put up, but there are no white feathers anywhere. Not even one. We noticed he was just sitting in the yard a couple of days ago. We commented on it as I have never seen him do that before. He is always out taking care of his girls, always on the lookout. We have an old wooden box we turned into a nest for our biddy and her chicks which we kept in the chicken tractor. It is setting in the yard, and I noticed him going in there yesterday, although I didn't pay attention to how long he was in there. We have looked everywhere but no sign of him. He is 3-4 yrs old. I'm very sad. He was so sweet. Is this a behavior found in chickens? We have had chickens for 5 yrs now, and this is a first. We had a rooster that just was walking around 1 minute and dead the next, one died from an ailment, of course we have lost 2-3 to predators, but there were feathers everywhere. Never had one just disappear without a trace. Any thoughts?