Originally Posted by the poppster
I'm guessing it's a Raccoon....because of the poo...the missing parts of the bird....the fact that it returns....and the info about the predator trying to pull the bird through the fence...raccoons will reach thru the wire and pull what ever part thru....a Fox wouldn't be capable of reaching in and grabbing the bird....unless the fence had large enough openings for it to stick it's head thru...or the victim was cooperating and stuck it's head or leg out the wire for the Fox....raccoons also will go for the best parts first and eat their I'll gotten meal right where they find it...unless disturbed....they are messy...leaving bits and pieces laying about...they will even wash pieces and their paws in any available water dish....so you may find feathers, bits of flesh and blood in the birds water dish...if it's accessible...
A bobcat is fully capable of sticking a fore paw through a fence and hooking a panicked chicken with its re-tractable claws then pulling the doomed chicken up to or partially through the wire where it eats the part or parts of the chicken that it can get to with its mouth.
Raccoons usually go in a coon latrine. Coon latrines are normally found in hollow trees, or else in attics and under homes, and one latrine may be used by every coon in your area.
Edited by chickengeorgeto - 11/18/15 at 2:26pm