Missing Hen?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bigredfeather, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I had a hen come up missing tonight. It's the first time it has happened. My wife let them out around 4 this afternoon. Its dark by 5:30 (when I get home from work.) I went out to close up the coop, took a head count and one was missing. I got a flashlight and looked around our property, but didn't see anything.

    When this has happened to anybody else out there, does she show up tomorrow like nothing ever happened? I never see her again?

    FLOWERPOT Songster

    Mar 13, 2008
    Southern Indiana
    I had a bamtam OEG hen that came up missing,
    She showed up a few days later and went missing again for a few more days. I followed her the next time I saw her and discovered she was hiding with a nest full of eggs.
    I grabbed her and her eggs and brought them to a safer area in the coop and she hatched them.
    I really hope that is what your hen is doing and you find her safe.
  3. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I wish that were the case, but I doubt it. None of them have shown any signs of being broody. They are only able to go outside when we let them, and they weren't out at all this weekend. Hopefully she shows up today. I'm not counting my chickens until....
  4. Possum Manor West

    Possum Manor West In the Brooder

    Oct 13, 2008
    Leicester, NC
    One of my silkies disappeared one day. No sign of attack...no feathers anywhere. We have the yard covered with chicken wire to prevent the hawks from flying in and helping themselves. She just disappeard, and we never saw her again. [​IMG]
  5. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I haven't seen her since. It is dark when I leave for work and almost dark when I get home, so I haven't had a chance to do a search. I have a feeling she is gone for good. We are getting ready to try and hatch some eggs, so she will be replaced but not forgotten.
  6. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    That's so sad. I had a chicken disappear, and then two weeks later, I found her in some tall grass, right there, I had been walking past her every day. Next time she disappeared, I found her in the tack room, way back under stuff. This time, I finally figured out, she is hiding under the barn.
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I hope you find her or she comes home. I have lost 2 birds, one to a preditor and one to illness. I have RIR's too. Please keep us posted. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. Barn Maid Ann

    Barn Maid Ann Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    Punta Gorda, FL
    Once, our coop door blew shut while we were gone. We got home late and went looking for the 3 hens. I found one in the barn, and one sitting on some rocks behind the coop in the woods. The other was not to be found. I fretted all night. We have many night time preditors. She was pecking around outside the coop in the morning!

    Another time we got home after dark and ran to close up the chickens before going into the house. OMG - no chickens in the coop. We searched and searched to no avail. We consigned ourselves, sadly, to the fact that something must have gotten them. This was early on in our chicken ownership, and they had never not gone to roost in their coop. Alas, we gave up and opened the garage door to put the car away. Low and behold, there the little scamps were. They had cleaned out the cat food bowl and were roosting happily on the doorway steps. They must have scurried in just as we pulled out, then we hit the garage door remote and they were locked in. It is the first place we look now, if a hen is missing!
  9. Sierra pachie bars

    Sierra pachie bars Queen of the Lost

    Nov 8, 2008
    Since I am home almost all day I keep a close eye on my girls. They have free range of the yard but get locked up at night after I noticed one missing. No feathers , nothing just poof gone. We have had some issues with a racoon so I am sure that is what happend. I am hoping this racoon gets caught , he is well known by all neighbors as trouble. Glad to know I am not only one who does headcounts everynight [​IMG]
  10. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Big red..........any word?

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