6 chickens missing
Do you have coyotes where you live? A few years ago, we had 4 or 5 disappear (including my rooster) in the middle of the afternoon. No sign of any of them except one tail feather from the rooster. A couple of months later, when DH was harvesting corn right next to the barn and chicken coop area, three coyotes ran out of the corn field. We do not live in an area where someone would come steal our chickens. We are rural (nearest neighbors are 1/2 mile away) and anyone who wants chickens has them. Also, my chickens are nothing special - mostly barnyard mutts. One year when we had corn in that same field, all the barn cats disappeared within a week. Coyotes ran out of that field, too, while DH was harvesting.
Bunch to lose at once. Most preds wouldn't take that many unless there were multiple preds. In my experience with preds, racoon, dogs, hawks, possum, maybe a ring tail; I've never lost multiple at once except to the dogs. But they were left there dead.
I since got a game camera as security for my place and to watch over the chickens. If a human needs to be someplace they won't see it, but it's self contained, motion sensing, night vision (so so).
? Neighboors dogs (group)
? Something spooked them and they relocated? Any other chickens or Rooster around?
? Spooked and lost in the cane?
I hadn't seen any, either. But we were on vacation and my mom was letting the chickens out to free range every day. Our dog had died a month before, so I suppose his scent was gone. These chickens were taken from a building site. They came in among our shop, machine shed, barn and two coops in the middle of the day. It was dry, so we saw no tracks either.
Yeah, you would have seen tracks then. Hope you figure it out.