I was away on vacation for a week, and had family stopping in to collect eggs and take care of everything. All the chickens were in their fully enclosed coop and run the entire time. When I got back Sunday afternoon, I checked their coop/run and all was fine - no dead chickens or feathers so all looked good. I then opened their run and let them out into their "play area". This area is surrounded by deer netting attached to fence posts. Most of the netting is at least 4-5 ft high, most is higher. We have a light predator load, we do get the occasional raccoon, and I've seen Hawks once in a while. I have plenty of coverage in the play area for the chickens to hide under if there is a hawk. I also have a rooster and he does a good job of protecting. I also have a dog who is great at chasing and scaring predators away too. Anyways, when I let them out into their play area, after probably an hour or so I noticed their was a tear in the netting. It was right where a fence post was at and right in the front, so it looked as though the wind had caught it (while away there was a day where winds were 50-60 mph)! I found a hen who had escaped through the tear, so I tossed her back in and repaired it. When night came I went out to close them in for the night I unfortunalty didn't do a count because I was tired and forgot. Next day all seemed fine and everything was normal, but last night when I did do my count i noticed one hen was missing. I've searched and searched but haven't found anything. No nest, no feathers, nothing. I checked all areas and their has been no predator break-ins. The hen missing is a black australorp. She has always been very talkative and a "diva". Always takes her forever to find a nesting box to lay in and complains the entire time. She is about 8 months old. So, what are the odds that she escaped through the tear in the netting, ran to a safe place and now is laying eggs and planning on hatching them? I've looked and looked , but our property has lots of weeds and areas to hide. We have a 40 acre property. Also, she could've went into our barn easily too. It is not very warm outside now, but if she escaped on Sunday, that day was almost 60 degrees. How far would she roam to find her nest? Will I see her in a day or two? Any thoughts? Thanks, I'm just trying to hope for the best!