Can't believe what just happened! I went to feed my Japanese Bantams and they were acting really strange and skittish. I checked on my broody hen when she screamed and flew out of the nest box. This panicked the chickens which flew out of the coop! They scattered around the garden hiding. They NEVER have done this before. Eventually they all re-grouped and I herded them back into the run. Did a head count and there was one missing - my favourite one! She is a grey tail white (the only one I have). I spotted her in the vacant lot next door. I climbed the wall and walked slowly towards her with the food dish. But she suddenly flew up into the air and away into the woodland at the back of my house over the stream. She is out of sight. No idea where she went. Its been several hours now and still no sign of her coming back. Since the incident all my roosters are silent (I was hoping she would be drawn back to their crowing). Do you think there is any chance of her coming back? Do they have a homing instinct? I was temped to go looking for her, but I thought it just might frighten her further away.