okay. I dont pay super close attention to my birds. When I let them out, the favorites cluster at my feet hoping for a hand out, and the other ones wander around all day. at night, I just shut the coop, without counting them or anything... if we've lost one, it's long gone by then. anyway, today i noticed a new chicken in the yard. i don't know what it is. it's short, and has a giant tail that sticks straight up in the air. i bet it's a rooster. anyway, if it's still there tomorrow, i will try to catch it and figure out if it belongs to someone... do people often dump chickens?