Shuffles has Disappeared!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kayri, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. kayri

    kayri Songster

    Jul 6, 2007
    Shuffles our dominant 8 month old BO has disappeared!. I saw her at 4 pm when I fed them some oatmeal, we went to the library and the store, and when we got back at 5, all the others were in the coop, but she wasn't. They free range around my yard.

    Has anyone had a hen that disappeared and then comes back? How often does this happen? We are worried sick about her (kids crying) and looked everwhere (with a flashlight) for some sign of her. This is the first time she hasn't come back to the coop at night!
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Two options, broody hiding or predators meal. Hope she comes back.
  3. buckbeak

    buckbeak Songster

    May 27, 2007
    Morgantown, PA
    THis just happened to us with a silkie! Turns out she was sitting on a nest under our deck with 13 eggs!! In freezing cold! We had feared the worst though for a day.
    I hope yours comes back!
  4. kayri

    kayri Songster

    Jul 6, 2007
    Oh, I can't imagine an 8 month old BO going broody. I was hoping she had just decided to spend the night out and will show in the morning. Am I hoping against hope?
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    A Buff Orp who has just started laying will go broody. Mine did a month into laying. So it is possible. And I hope that's all it is.
  6. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    I had a 7 month old sex-link go broody. I'm holding out hope for your happy ending.
  7. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    Chickens do the craziest things. Check around your house and property for anywhere she could get stuck. A wood pile, flower pots, the garage or any tight spot. Hopefully she will show up tomorrow. 8 months old is enough to go broody. Leave food & water somewhere outside as well. My hen Lucky disappeared for 2 weeks once. She was sitting on eggs in the brush 100 yds away. I got my fingers crossed 4 U.
  8. kayri

    kayri Songster

    Jul 6, 2007
    Thanks everyone for the encouraging words. We will comb the neighborhood tomorrowand then lock up those chickens inside that electric fence (that they will gleefuly fly over the minute I turn my back).
  9. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    I agree with LCRT, you'd be surprised where they'll go.

    I once left the big door to the run open, but closed the people door to the house. For some reason all of my chickens got confused. Some roosted right there, near the door. A few flew (somehow?) into a tree behind. I spent 1/2 an hr searching trees for my little roo. And my d'anvers pullet kept roosting under a piece of plywood leaning against the back of the coop.

    Just look around, and don't give up until you find her or are certain she can't be found.

  10. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    I hope Shuffles shows up! Please keep us updated.

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