I went out to lock my chickens into the coop last night and there were four HUGE piles of feathers laying around the chicken yard. I checked, and all 7 of my chickens were alive. 3 piles came from my RSL and 1 I think was from my Black Australorp. The Sex Link is missing quite a bit of her feathers near her tail on one side with a small cut. They are in a 30 x 32 area fenced in, though there is a slight chance of predators sneaking underneath. I checked all around (very muddy today), and there were definitely no signs of digging under. So I'm guessing it was a hawk or even an owl (?), as there is no cover over top.
Am I correct in assuming it was a hawk or owl? They were all very scared today and didn't want to even leave the coop. I have a completely enclosed run for them for when I'm not at home that is covered and everything. I have them in there today. I'm glad we didn't lose any chickens, but now that a predator has discovered them, is it likely that whatever it is will be back? Ugh, I figured this would happen eventually.
I have several chairs around their area for them to hide under, but I'm guessing they didn't make it in time. Any ideas?
Edited by FlutterbyChicks - 2/18/16 at 9:06am