brownie-a red sexlink and friendly as all get out is gone. my husband closes up the coop at night on my worknights and doesn't do a headcount. (don't fault or blame him-he's a good man) I myself did a head count when locking up last on sunday. I can't tell you when she disappeared because every day i go out and talk to the chickens and give treats and do maintenance and check for eggs at least 5 times. with snow on the ground they go from coop/run to under and on my deck and that's it. they don't like to walk on it. it's aweful that i don't remember specifically what day i last saw her. there are no chicken tracks in the snow and i have a cat so i chalk up the tracks that i see to belonging to my cat. they don't look any different in size and they aren't near the coop. there is no blood. i feel like a bad chicken mommy. we've been lucky free ranging and i know they love being out and about but they really aren't going anywhere out of earshot or eyesight because of the snow. point is........i wasn't faithful doing a headcount everyday. she was one of my favorites and how could i have not noticed? so my question would be---------how do people keep track of their chickens that free range? it's too cold right now for raccoons to be out(-2degrees at night) and skunks are only night time. what else would have cat sized tracks? Thank you!