I feel like this was my fault but I was letting my 9 week old chicks free range right by their coop. It's on the side of my house down a hill and they never went past the woods right beside it. There is a house several feet on the other side. Well I was home but my inlaws came over, I got distracted and we left for dinner (during the daylight 4:30pm) and I forgot to put them up. We were gone about an hour and we come out and my buff orphington chick is nowhere to be seen. I checked all through the woods, around my house, etc and nothing. The other 4 chicks were in the coop. My husband thinks it was a hawk, we are in rural VA so we have hawks, eagles, etc. No one knew they were there so not likely a person or a stray unless a cat got her. I feel so bad. My husband said we don't know when it happened and it isn't my fault but I feel to blame. She was such a sweet chick. My girls and I have got really attached to them. Now I'm afraid to let the others out, any advice?? They are pretty big now but maybe I need to let them get even bigger. Here she is with my daughter, she named her Elsa. The one of all of them was taken about 3 weeks ago, she is the blonde one and the smallest. The other pics are 3 others roosting on the trash can and my daughter holding my roo, he is the biggest.