My heart is heavy. I'm new to chicken keeping. I bought 7 chickens in March. My 5 year old is a big animal lover and I chose a bantam for her. She named her little bantam Diamond Sweet Pea. We later found out, as she grew that she was a speckled Sussex. She was the first to lay eggs. My kids held held her daily. Today after church I couldn't find her in her yard. It was worrisome, but shes my escape artist so I wasn't too alarmed. I trained my girls to come when I call" chicky chick, here chicky chick" so I expected to walk around our 3 acres calling her and have her come a running...but nothing. As soon as the sun sets my girls always find their roost in the coop. So several searchs later, the sun set, still no Diamond. I love my girls. I can't believe how much I love them. They are my stress relief, my excitement, my quiet joy. And my heart hurts. I plan to tell my kids tomorrow after school. I don't even know where Diamond is, or what happened. I feel like not knowing is worst. Anyway, I'm just so sad, thought I'd write about it.