we bought our chickens in early may and they were four months old then. we waited awhile before we let them free range. i mean we just have been letting them free range for maybe four weeks now. anyway, i am a stay at home mom and i go out often and check on the chickens. we have been letting them free range and they go in at pm to be locked up in the coop for there own safety and our piece of mind! we were very cautious letting them out just three hours before dark at first, etc. well one of the many times during the day i go to check on them and i am missing one. i count three times, they keep moving around as i count. still missing one, so i go looking can't find anything. then i go get my son and put him on the four wheeler while the baby takes a nap. my plan was to ride the perimeter of our land. i was praying the chicken got off to far and was lost and just eating bugs away from the house and pen. well i came across something so sad, feathers everywhere, lots and lots of beautiful feathers. no blood, no body! i don't know what got her in broad daylight less than a hundred yards from the house! my husband works offshore and he called after his shift was over. i had to tell him, he is the one that was all for free ranging. i was scared for them. then i saw how they just loved it. now he does not want them to free range. i don't want anymore to disappear either. so what am i to do? put toys in there for them? what can i put in the pen that surrounds there coop to keep them entertained? what got our chicken? i saw no blood no body just feathers. the area the chicken was close to was not woods down here we call it a thicket or alot of underbrush. there would be no way for me to go in there and walk around and try to see what happened to her!