Does this sound like a coon?
I lost one of my Buff Orpington hens in the night, I think it was the momma who hatched out chicks over the summer. While the chicks grew up and rejoined the flock, she never seemed to want to go back with the rest. When I'm home I look around the outside of the coop for her in case she hasn't gone in and put her there. I work nights and my son closes the coop when I'm not here, which I wasn't last night. I saw feathers around the coop, then a trail which led to the pasture. There I found her body but something had eaten her head/neck off. Didn't mangle the rest of her, though. Seems that a coyote or dog would have mangled her up or eaten most of her? I didn't see tracks or droppings. Too bad, we had a second security light installed just a few days ago and thought maybe it would help deter some nighttime critters. Thanks for the input, Lori