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My hen ran away

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DeltaAero, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. DeltaAero

    DeltaAero In the Brooder

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    I only have two hens, and today our backyard was being worked on by people and I wasn’t informed in advance. My other hen is broody and, luckily, refused to get off her nest to care, but the hen that ran away is nowhere near my backyard. I would notice she was near because she’s loud and comes straight to me when I call her name. I do have a free-range backyard and they could possibly jump over the fence at any time. I have looked everywhere and I can only look so much before I cry my heart out and say she’s dead . Have any advice for me? Also, she doesn’t respond to shaking food and she runs everywhere she goes. I’m very worried about her since I love her so much :(
     
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  2. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Addict

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    Knock on neighbors doors to see if perhaps she ended up in their yard......that would be my first step.
     
  3. DeltaAero

    DeltaAero In the Brooder

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    I’ve checked both they yards and no sign. So far we’re trying to get a hold of the workers who did the yard to see if they know where she ran off to
     
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  4. Hobbits Mommie

    Hobbits Mommie Songster

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    My neighbors chickens roam the entire neighborhood, but always go home at night to roost. Hopefully yours will too.
     
  5. DeltaAero

    DeltaAero In the Brooder

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    I’m just worried that she could get attacked or shot, this neighborhood isn’t the safest. I also don’t know if she’s gone this far before, is it possible for chickens to get easily lost or do they have some sort of instinct to find their way home?
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Generally 'lost' birds will return in the evening or the morning after they have left their home. Good luck.
     
  7. DeltaAero

    DeltaAero In the Brooder

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    I hope so. Thanks
     
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  8. Hobbits Mommie

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    I think they instinctively know where home is. My rooster got out, my dog chased him into the woods (he'd never been outside the coop/run) and he came back later in the evening. Try not to worry. She was probably spooked and is hiding out until she feels it's safe to return.
     
  9. DeltaAero

    DeltaAero In the Brooder

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    Thank you, I have high hope now
     
  10. Matzwd

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    Is she home yet?
     
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