Earlier this week, we noticed that Amadeus was missing. We didn't think much of it at the time, as the chickens are all free now and spend most of their days holed up under the lilac bush or trying to get into the most inconvenient spot possible. Also, Amadeus is known for getting lost in his own coop, so we weren't terribly concerned and figured he would eventually wander home. However, as the days passed, it became clear that he is not just walking in circles somewhere in the tall grass. And given our beloved idiot's inability to see the food right in front of his beak, much less anything swooping down on him, it's a good possibility that he was carried off by something. Which makes it a sad day here on the farm. We know it's a possiblity when you live in a rural area, and we've certainly seen our share of coyotes, bears, foxes and bob cats, not to mention the million red tail hawks that circle the yard. It just doesn't make it any easier when it happens.