I have 10 hens that free range. When it starts to get dark in the evening, they all come back to the coop and I shut them in for the night. Last sunday my little golden campine, Charlotte, didn't come home. I looked and looked, but couldn't find her. No sign of her the next day, so I figured she was a goner. Yesterday (6 DAYS LATER!) she showed up in the yard again! So I promptly let her in the coop and checked her over. She looks fine, and is eating like a pig. However, her voice sounds different- she has that "broody cluck" which makes me think she's made a nest in the woods somewhere and has been sitting on it for the past week. (She had been laying eggs in my daylilies before she ran off, but I found them and she stopped laying there) I think she came back because she was hungry. So now I'm worried that if I let her back out, she'll just run off again for another week (and this time get eaten by something- I'm amazed she lasted a week out there already!) My plan now, is to keep her inside until I'm sure she isn't broody... then let her out again and keep a close eye on her- see where she goes. What do you all think? Anything like this ever happen to any of you? Any advice would be much appreciated.