Missing hen question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cranman, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Cranman

    Cranman Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 8 chickens that free range my property and am missing a hen. She is a Bantam Silky, about 4 months old. I am not sure when I saw her last, she cold have been missing for a day or two.

    Is it likely that she has nested somewhere? I would think she's too young, but I have a Bantam Silky rooster and maybe they mated? I'm worried about her now. Suggestions or advice? I've walked the property and looked in alot of spots, no evidence of attack (feathers) but something could have carried her off.
     
  2. benjoycei

    benjoycei Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2011
    Wilmington
    something could have carried her off....sorry [​IMG]
     
  3. jaimslee4u

    jaimslee4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good news & bad news - Yes, she could have been carried off oooooor on a lighter note she might have wandered off. Maybe she is in a tree. It has happened before and they do come back.. Don't give up yet
     
  4. Katydid2011

    Katydid2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unfortunately, I think odds are that she was nabbed by a predator. [​IMG]
     
  5. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    One time I had a dog that chased mine and they came back one by one over the course of tw days. She could also be nesting somewhere. Hope you find her or she comes back to you.
     
  6. benjoycei

    benjoycei Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2011
    Wilmington
    Keep looking...they hide really well when they are scared
     
  7. Cranman

    Cranman Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, thanks for the advice and possible reality check...of all my free range chickens I liked the silkys best, and hopefully she is hiding in the woods. Thanks again!
     
  8. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    While it is true that a predator could have nabbed her, it is just as likely that she has stolen her nest and is setting on eggs somewhere. Keep looking. If she shows up. watch her and find the nest. Then you can move it to a place of safety. Do it at night and make sure she can`t get out and return to the old nest........Pop
     
  9. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    A fox or coyote will grab a chicken fast and never leave a trace.
     
  10. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I've had a pullet go missing like that.....Poof! Just gone. I hope you find her, but it's kind of early for her to lay eggs and go broody being that she's only 4 mos old......not impossible, just unlikely.

    If something scares them very badly, it can take alot of coaxing to get them back home. One time, I had to call my flock....I called and called and it took about 30 to 45 minutes for them to come home......They came up through the woods like they had been hiding and terrified.......I though I had lost them all!

    Take care, and hoping your little silkie returns!

    Sharon
     

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