It's either Sam or Ella, so a Maran and the bossy one. Head of the flock. And producer of the loveliest dark brown eggs. Also rather bad-tempered. She vanished some time on either Thursday or Friday and there is not a trace. Not even a satisfied and plump looking fox to give us a clue as to her fate. We do think a fox got her. We are being philosophical. The chickens have been a bit lost without her, so I'm wondering who will get promotion.