Jim Fry wrote:My experience with livestock, including sheep, goats and even cows, is that any of them will take a walk if they are a mind to. And, sometimes it can take as little as a couple, three hours for them to go "feral". They'll head for the woods, get "scared", then don't know what to do, then just keep walking/grazing. I've had them get a mile or two in a day, farther the next. My experience is either you take a long walk searching, or call all the neighbors and especially the police and have them report any sightings. ~~The police in my town pretty much always call me no matter whose animals got out. The cops know I'm better at catching strays than any of them. It's a helpful reputation to have.~~ As far as your animals returning, my experience is not so much. Once they're "wild" they just don't come home. But, you never know, maybe they will (probably not). As far as them get'n eat'n, most predators don't take the kill all that far. They usually go just far enough to feel safe. You should have found evidence of a kill by now. So my guess is they're just on a walkabout. --One other thing is to check with other local farmers. Sometimes strays will go join another flock just because they don't know where home is and any flock is better than none.