Hen went *POOF* missing last night

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gritsar, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My brahma hens are molting. One of them, a dark brahma named Bella, has been staying to herself the whole time. I assumed she was just cranky with the new feathers coming in.

    Yesterday evening when she didn't show up at scratch time, feed in the garden, I saved a bit for her which I gave her in the chicken yard. Approx. half an hour later I did a head count at roost time and Bella was missing.

    I looked everywhere, even had DH open his shop up in case she had wandered in there. I found no sign of her, no tell-tale pile of feathers, nothing. Perhaps more telling, the rest of the chickens were very relaxed. They weren't at all uptight as they would be after a predator attack. We were in and out during that period time and my ears are tuned to pick up any alarm sounds coming from the flocks. Plus, we had the dogs out and they would definitely let us know if something were afoot.

    I just can't figure out where she disappeared to. [​IMG]
  2. duniganb357

    duniganb357 In the Brooder

    Jul 12, 2011
    middle tennesee
    i really hope you find her. if you have a lake she could have wandered into there to get a drink I hope you get bella back![​IMG]:fl
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Gosh Gritty, Hope you find her.

  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:We have a large pond, but it's at the other end of the farm.
  5. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I'll guess she's under something, collecting a clutch of eggs.

    I've had at least one broody continuously for something like 6 months. The current one was broody at least once last spring.

    Good luck!
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Do you think so? She's more than 3 years old and molting. [​IMG]
  7. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Quote:I was thinking the same thing.

    Can she get under any of the coops?

    eta: I have a lot of hens who molt while broody.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2011
  8. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    I lost one this summer. Couldn't find her anywhere and I tore the place apart. I finally gave up and assumed something had gotten her. A week later I noticed a feather sticking out from under a rubbermaid tote. Yup. I found her. It was not pretty and I felt HORRIBLE. I have no idea how she managed to flip it over on top of her. [​IMG]

    All of tht to say, check under everything, even the things you think she couldn't possibly be under. [​IMG]
  9. deChickyHen

    deChickyHen Chirping

    Sep 12, 2011
    Hope you find her...[​IMG]
  10. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Songster

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Hope you find her! I couldnt imagine losing one of my girls/boys! [​IMG] [​IMG]

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