This morning my husband went out to to let the girls out of the coop, they had been cooped up over 24 hours because of heavy thunderstorms. We were expecting more storms after lunch today so we wanted to give them a chance to get out a stretch their legs and free range, plus it gave us a chance to to some coop maintanence! When they rushed out of the rungate my husband realized he was missing a few Red Comets. When he opened up the coop, 2 reds were in nesting boxes and they would not budge so he just figured they weren't quite done with the boxes. But then he realized there was a Red Comet in the crawl space under the nesting boxes and it was not alive! After retrieving the bird he did some poking around to see if he saw any signs of a struggle or unusual poop....nope! Everything appeared normal. We just chalked it up to occasionally chickens just die. But then after lunch, sure enough the storms started rolling in so he went out to close them up in the coop. The leghorns were already settled in but none of the Red Comets were in? He looked around the yard and finally found 4 off them perched up on the deck railing underneath our outdoor kitchen awning. My husband and daughter had to physically pick them up and put them in the coop, and we have yet to find the 5th Red! We're worried sick about that hen not being safely in the coop! Any ideas about their behavior! Any others signs or symptoms we should be looking for? Our Red Comets are the favorites of the coop, they are the bossy ones of the coop but have very smart outgoing personalities. The leghorns are usually the ones getting themselves in trouble by getting into situations that need human intervention to get them out of! So this behavior is very puzzling!