Hello everyone, I have never posted on here but really need some help or reassurance. We have 9 hens, 2 older ones Nelly and Roberta (they are fine) Scout, Jem, and Small Fry ( they are missing) and then we have 4 other ones we recently got that are about the same age as Scout Jem and Smallfry. Anyway, last night I was tending to our 1 year old daughter and was unable to get out to the coop to close them up right away but did make it out before dark. Anyway during the day they free range but before dark we always lock them up. We just started getting our chickens in April so new to this but also knew to always lock them up before dark. So I ranout to lock them up and the two older ones Nelly and Roberta were on the roost (they are always the first ones up there), and Scout, Jem and Small Fry were not there and they always are with the two older ones. So I started looking around bec ause our 4 new ones usually take longer to get on the roost. Our Coop is very secure so as long as we lock it up at night it is sooo safe. Well I walked all over the yard and found a trail of feathers and realized something had happened. When my husband came home he searched some more and realized 2 from the flock of 4 were dead, one all we found was feathers and the other was just killed. (My husb and thinks I may have spooked the predator when I went out there). The hens wre apparently drug from our yard into the woods because that is where we found the dead one and the rest of the other ones feathers. What I am wondering is we have not found any evidence of the other three, it is like they are missing. I walked the woods today and can not find any sign of them. I am hoping and praying they are scared and just hiding, but thought if they heard my voice they would come running since they always come running to me for treats. Can someone give me some advice? I am sooo devastated and wondered if they will ever find their way home? BTW my husband has his 22 ready for what we think is a fox. I just pray they are okay, they are really sweet birds and I have become wayyy tooo attached to them!