Buff Orpington, that is.
I had a nice little Buff Orpington hen who vanished three days ago. All the chickens and ducks had been out for some late-afternoon/early-evening backyard time catching bugs, scratching dirt, and going about their chickeny ways.
When I went outside to lock them up for the night, the Buff was missing. We had been home all afternoon and evening and had been outside often. Never did we hear or see any irregular activity. But gone she was.
It was dark, so I figured she had hunkered down for the evening and that I’d find her in the morning. But no. No Sun Ray Moon Glow.
I checked the backyards of my neighbors (looking especially close at the yards with dogs) but saw no signs of foul play (sorry). There were no loose feathers scattered about–nothing! She vanished without a trace.
It is so curious.
I’ve decided that there is only one reasonable scenario. I think an ambitious hawk flew off with her. That’s impressive as she was a full-grown, 7 pound hen.
I have a vision of a little family playing in their backyard when PLOP! came Sun Ray Moon Glow in the middle of the croquet game. Holy mackerel! What a surprise that would be!
Did any of you did any of you see the story about the teacher in Naples, FL who was assaulted by a fish? It’s a must read and supports my supposition.
Have any of you ever found a lost chicken? Do you have any suggestions for coaxing her back?