1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Missing a chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sammyg21, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. sammyg21

    sammyg21 Out Of The Brooder

    23
    2
    36
    Jan 3, 2016
    Rocklin, Ca
    One of my chickens has gone MIA. I don't live in an area with too many predators so I don't think that happened but I'm worried that she hopped a fence. One of her wings is clipped and I think she jumped on something in our yard and then flew to the top of the fence and then over.

    How likely do you think is it that she'll come back? I had to go back to work so I couldn't keep looking for her and my husband doesn't get home for a couple more hours. I'm just worried that she's gone forever. We'll look again this evening when we know she'll try to roost, but wish us luck. [​IMG]
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

    13,621
    1,718
    348
    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Predators are everywhere and very stealthy. If she hoped the fence she would have stayed close, look in the morning, hopefully she will appear. Chickens get attached to their coops and territory, so she should stay close, good luck, hoping she's there in the morning.
     
  3. RodNTN

    RodNTN Queen of The Coop Premium Member

    3,161
    547
    268
    May 22, 2013
    The USA
    My Coop
    When i was new to chickens 2 of my chickens went missing, one went missing a lot. The 2 chickens didn't appear that night and we have predators EVERYWHERE. The next morning we found the 2 running back to their coop, I quickly caged them up. I hope you find your chicken! [​IMG]
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

    8,914
    1,730
    388
    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    If you haven't found her by now, go outside with a flashlight and look up on all the tree branches around your place. About a year or two ago, there was a posting similar to yours. Guess where they found their missing chicken. Even with a clipped wing, your girl may have been able to get up into a tree if the branches are close together and low to the ground.

    Several months ago, I lost one of my hens. She went missing early in the day, and I do have a lot of very serious large predators. I searched all day long, and I was doing one final search late in the afternoon when I spotted my hen way up a hill where the wild turkeys had been hanging out earlier. My hen had joined the turkeys early in the day, was free-ranging with them, and when they moved on, she was left all by herself.

    She probably would have returned on her own, but when I saw her, I was so relieved she wasn't just the pile of feathers I was expecting to find, I climbed the hill and picked her up and carried her home, hugging her tightly with great relief and love.

    I hope you find your hen, too.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by