Today, my beloved Silkie, Boba, disappeared. This is basically what happened: It was a snowy day and I let my chickens out to free-range. After a while, it began to grow dark, so I headed inside to get a treat to call the hens inside the coop. I suddenly heard the most horrible squawking from a chicken, it had Boba’s high pitched voice, like a hen screaming for her life. The cries grew more desperate as I ran outside, and I heard the cries growing farther away. Then I heard one last, fearful squawk, and all was quiet. My other hens are okay, they had scattered, but are now in their coop, and I searched everywhere for Boba, but no sign. There weren't any feathers, no trace of anything...she’s just...gone. I’m worried from that terrible call I might have been too late. That I might have lost my precious baby to a predator. She was almost a year old. It’s dark now, and this is her first snow she’s experienced, so I’m worried that if she is still alive, she’ll die from the cold, as she’s not very good with the cold. But my biggest question is...do you think my little girl is gone?