I have a group of outcast chickens that hang around my garden during the day and roost up on my porch at night. Among the group is a half blind silkie hen, an amputee hen and a really wimpy Ameraucana rooster that gets the stuffings kicked out of him. After dark, I have to go out there and take them down to the chicken house. In the morning, when let them out, they run up to the house and the daily routine starts all over again. Anyway, I was late taking them down to the chicken house two nights ago. Some critter came up on the porch and carried off my amputee hen. I heard it happen but it was so fast that I was unable to get out in time to save her. I let the chickens out the next morning and it seemed to be business as usual (minus the hen) until the sun began going down. The Ameraucana rooster began his search. He took off down the row of trees and brush where I last heard her cries. Then headed to the road. I watched him run up along the side of the road for maybe 30 feet before turning into the yard again. He ran across the field looking into the tall grass on the other side. He acted like he was seeing or hearing something and he would run to the other side (he was showing no signs of fear and was making no noise). He was looking in the SAME places that I had been looking for her. He kept this up for about 45 minutes, until it was dark. It makes we wonder if she is still out there somewhere since there was not a trace of one single feather anywhere. Has anyone had a similar experience? This was NOT the usual behavior for this rooster or any of my chickens. They NEVER go towards the road or run across the field like that. He was also very attached to this hen and I have no doubt he was looking for her.