Been slowly seperating my birds into their individual breeds/species 4 days ago. So I caught and sorted everything but my Merriam Wild Tom(originally a wild caught bird, so a bit jumpy if you come too close so saved him for last). Last time I checked his wings were still clipped so I herd him in the corner of the run and try to net him and he climbs straight up the wire and over the fence........... turned out his clipped wing had already partially grown back -dang it- . So he is loose and at first wanted back in, so I go out leave the door open and wanted to shoo him back in but I slipped and fell (rather ungracefully)..... that scared him and he took off running straight into the woods. I was hoping he would come back the same night since his hen has been crying for him quite loudly.... Haven't seen him for days and wrote him off as coyote bait. Lo and Behold who is in the horse paddocks this morning looking for food, mister runaway He was seriously hungry, first was running away from me as soon as he saw me but when I threw down a handful of food all fear was forgotten. Took me about an hour of coaxing with food to get him back in the enclosure. So tonight in the dark in the coop I will grab him and first clip his wing again..... can't believe I almost lost my only merriams tom. I was looking so forward to Silver phase Merriams this year, it may happen after all!