This came up in my thread about rooster behavior and is all off topic, so new thread here. 7 month old dominique hen. She is one of 3 hens, and a rooster of the same age. Added to my 6 hen flock this year. Well 5 now, 'cause I lost one. They are a year and a half old. 9 days ago, a hawk struck through the yard and all were very scared for a long time. That evening, 7 month old dom hen number 1 never came back, and I was sure the hawk must've taken her. Yesterday morning, she appeared in the yard! Shocked I was.. but she didn't stay around. Never came in to roost last night. Today, I was leaf blowing. I was going to blow the walnuts up my neighbors driveway (nuisance boogers). They have moved and nobody lives there right now, but it's my walnut tree, and those things are such a pain. I looked around and there was dom hen #1 in the backyard. She had worn a path pacing up and down right next to the chain link fence, looking toward my back yard as if she needed to figure out how to get in. Took a bit, but caught her. This was near dusk, so put her in the coop and made her stay there til everyone else came in. She took a place in the fairly open roost and stayed there never bothering anyone. There's always mayhem for a while at roosting time with everyone arguing over who's where and generally picking at other just for meanness. This dom hen fluffed herself almost continually and make a low volume cluck sound for a bit. Keeping still and holding her position, nobody really bothered her. Dom hen #2 is really annoying loud and fussy "yack yack yack yack" real quick sounds and kinda loud. It seemed the 2 of them were having a sort of standoff. #2 didn't fluff herself but "yack"ed a lot, as usual. The rooster was in between them. He just ducks and covers if pecks come his way. But #2 never physically moved closer to #1, and she certainly could have. I've seen her do it before. Do you all think hen #1 has been sorta shunned? because she was gone for a while? or was this already the case before #1 took a vaca? I'd love to have a chicken behaviorist to consult. LOL! #1 has never been an aggressor, and I was kinda proud and curious at her fluff thing. She's good at hiding and I can't imagine what all she was doing during the week she was gone, and last night. She normally chooses to walk away from any confrontation. Kinda shy. Should I force her to stay in the coop tomorrow, for a few days?, or what? I'm concerned she may be prone to just leave frequently. And also, she may now be in a habit of laying eggs just wherever, ya know? Recommendations please. some general random info.. no idea where #1 exits the yard. She looks well fed and I guess she has had water. She didn't even go for water or food before hopping up to the roost. I suppose she could be sneaking in the yard and back out every day, and I just don't see it.