We dove into chicken raising in March of this year full speed ahead. Although we planned to incubate and hatch our own eggs for my son's kindergarten class, I couldn't help but scoop up 6 beautiful chicks from TSC. In the end (after one loss and one replacement and one rooster give-away) we ended up with 1 ameracauna, 1 australorp and 3 red sex links. They are my babies...my ladies. I came home on lunch today and couldn't find Mable. It's common for them to wander a bit in the backyard on their own so I didn't think much about it. Too many times I've set hubby and son off into a panic searching the neighborhood for a chicken to find they were only in the bushes. We are city chicken farmers, the chickens have a fenced in backyard about 1/4 of an acre. We've had to super protect the backyard over the last month to protect the chickens from the public. We've come home to people chasing them through our front yard numerous times...just to tell us they were trying to "save" them. Well, it's now 7 and Miss Mable hasn't shown up. I'm pretty disappointed. They JUST started laying last week so it's also disheartening to know we put our hard work and effort (letting them live in the house during the cold months) to have one come up missing. We don't see any signs of forced entry into the yard but the chickens could hop the fence if they wanted to...however, there is a family of hawks that live next door. I was fearful they would snatch one up but they had been living peacefully for quite some time. Now I'm fearful of letting them out if some animal has found that lunch is locked up in our backyard. sigh.... *UPDATE* This morning I went out to open the coop and the chickens were all a-stir. I could hear them from the house. As I approached the backyard I heard the most beautiful sound, Mable chirping at me from across the yard. She stood on one foot so I was fearful she was injured but then she came running to me and my son. The moment quickly passed as she ran past us and to the coop for food. Poor lady was starving! I let the ladies out and they reunited. I couldn't have been more excited and happy to see my beautiful chicken's beak! I do not know how she managed to survive 2 nights alone in the city with the ridiculous numbers of raccoons around here, the skunks and the opossoms. I'm not sure how she was taken so far to not find her way home for 2 days or how she was taken away...but we are super happy to have her back!