So, maybe this wasn't the best thing in the long run, but: I picked up a lavender silkie pullet to appease my serama roo. His hen got killed awhile back when my daughter went to put them in the run...she didn't notice that the top netting had fallen in with the high winds (it's bright green, she just wasn't paying any attention)...the hen flew out, and my dogs got to her. She was dead minutes later. So on Thanksgiving I picked up a lavender pullet for him...he was kind of on the fence with her, so they've been in separate dog kennels (the wire kind) since. Today I thought they were ok to let roam the yard, but didn't want to pen them in together in case he got angry about it, so I let them roam. I told my daughter to put them inside....and she picked up the serama, then proceeded to chase the spooked silkie across the yard. When I got out there, she wouldn't let me near, so I yelled for my husband...he of course, didn't hear me. When we went back outside, we tried to get her between the house and the fence...I went back inside to go around, as he had her in the very BACK of the yard, so of course he decides to try to pen her in the middle, where i WAS. Instead, he chased her out, and I was no longer there, and now she is gone. No sign of her anywhere. We checked the two neighbors yards nearest to us, and I checked the yard across the street. Hubby walked up and down the street, no sign of the bird...and it's COLD tonight. I'm just so frustrated I could scream. What in the world tells an 8 year old girl that it's a good idea to chase the bird back and forth across the yard like that? Had she just told us the bird was walking away from her, we could have gone out there right away and boxed her in! On top of everything, I know there's possums out here...which is why my birds are indoors at night!!! It's not like the silkie can fly enough to perch herself somewhere high away from predators either. I don't know how in the world to teach this little girl that there are consequences to her actions. I know in retrospect that although the serama doesn't run way from us (he isn't a lap bird however), the silkie should not have been unpenned. (In my defense, she does not run away like that indoors, I think DD spooked her). Any ideas? I am at wits end with my child, it really seems like she doesn't pay attention to anything, or care about anything but herself.