It was midday, maybe between 11-2pm when we noticed only one silkie roaming our 20 acres. We have 2 and they always stick together. The rooster silkie was staying in the coop looking lost. We went to the hedge line of trees and found the pullets carcass among a circle of feathers. Whatever ate her tore into her belly and left the carcass and what appeared to be the intestines (looked like noodles). The chickens are being kept in the coop and pen and they are NOT happy with that. I am too afraid to let them out. What do I do now? I've read other posts trying to figure out what to do, but haven't figured it out. We have fox, coyote, hawks and crows also a raccoon and neighbor cats. Do I keep them locked up all the time now? Do I try to trap? We have had them for 6 months and this is the first issue we have had. They are locked in the coop at night. Any advise is welcome.
Also I have not seen anything lurking. I only hear the fox and coyote at night and have only seen the raccoon after dark. Do I assume hawk? He left the carcass.