Missing!!!

Hi there keepers, well grave news I fear, Nancy has gone it seems, she has not return to the coop now for two nights, she came back breifly the first day, but no sign of her at all yesterday, she didn’t leave a note or forwarding address, quiet rude. It has been suggested to me that she has gone broody, however she wasn’t laying before hand, infact as far as I’m aware she has only ever layed 1 egg while she has been in our keeping. Is it possible that she is starting to lay , but wants to do that away from the others?

The other reason I thought might be at the bottom of this behaviour, is that now the chicks are growing up, she may feel her role as top hen is under threat from Dororthy, who is now bigger than the shavers, and still has some growing to do, she’s definately not scared of the older girls any more. Also I’ve realised that the coop needs to be bigger, there’s enough room for the 8 to sleep, but there are on top of each other a bit, usually 3 up 5 down, but it gets messy alot quicker with 8 in there.

My initial reaction when Nancy went missing was, ho hum, she doesn’t lay, she pecks all the others to distraction, and costs us to keep her, however it’s hard not to feel attached to her after 6mths, now I’m starting to feel a bit sad that she might not come back again, it’s a big bad world for a lonely chicken.  So if you are reading this in an internet cafe nearby please come home Nancy.

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