She was one of 4 offspring from our vicious cockerel (Captain Flint) and his two wives (Willow and Buffy).
I went down to the allotment to see to them today. I did a headcount as I let them out to graze, and I noticed immediately that Siouxsie was there but not her sister.
Siouxsie and NotNorman are (were) 7 years old, so in some respects I wasn't surprised. I looked in all the coops so I could say goodbye and take the body away. She wasn't in any of the coops.
I then started looking round the allotment, and then I looked around again more carefully. Under things, behind things. I couldn't find her body anywhere. I checked outside, where they graze. Nothing.
I finished my tasks, locked up, and decided to walk round the edge of the allotment, along the electric fenceline, to see if I could find her, or signs od her Eventually, I came upon a small, neat, pile of feathers.
|A pile of feathers|
She must have escaped somehow - or a single-kill predator had got in somehow. It wasn't a fox, they'd all be dead if that had happened. It could be an owl, or a hawk, or maybe even a mink. I guess an owl or a hawk is more likely, as that would explain how they got over the electric fence.
I waslked along a different path, and then I found the remains of her carcass.
At least I know for certain that she'd dead. And at least it wasn't an indiscriminate fox attack.
Poor girl, I hope she didn't suffer.