We just lost our 1st chicken to a predator. :-( My son found a pile a feathers in the cattails surrounding our pond. Upon further investigation, I found a couple patches of feathers where a skirmish took place in among the cattails, then finally finding carcass. The chicken has been eaten on from that backside. The head and upper portion of the bird is in the under side of the picture. I didn't notice if the chicken's feet were missing or not. I guess I wasn't looking.
We live in southern Indiana. We are surrounded by a large open empty bean field. We have seen coyotes travel across that field on rare occasion, and have also heard them around the house in the late hours of the night. I just thought that maybe a coyote would just carry the bird off. This bird was found about 70' from the coop.
Any thoughts as to what might have done this? It seems the predator wanted to go into a rather secluded spot to kill and eat.