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Any ideas on what attacked my chickens?

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My girls free range while I am at work then go back to the coop at night. I came home one day and one of my girls, Bernie, was completely missing and one other, Queenie, is really hurt. There are no feathers anywhere, Queenie is missing quite a few feathers and her breast area is black and blue. I can see a wound or two, they are small, but her chest seems to be crushed, and one leg broken. She is resting comfortably, she eats and drinks when it is offered to her. She is pooping. She is not moving around much but can if she wants. She limps and remains very hunched down. I would expect to see feathers around the property but none. Also, no tracks. We are in a very open un-wooded area, this is a first in 2 years of having chickens. I am stumped. I am keeping the girls in the coop yard until I feel like I can figure it out. (It has been over a week so I know Bernie is not coming back.) 

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My girls free range while I am at work then go back to the coop at night. I came home one day and one of my girls, Bernie, was completely missing and one other, Queenie, is really hurt. There are no feathers anywhere, Queenie is missing quite a few feathers and her breast area is black and blue. I can see a wound or two, they are small, but her chest seems to be crushed, and one leg broken. She is resting comfortably, she eats and drinks when it is offered to her. She is pooping. She is not moving around much but can if she wants. She limps and remains very hunched down. I would expect to see feathers around the property but none. Also, no tracks. We are in a very open un-wooded area, this is a first in 2 years of having chickens. I am stumped. I am keeping the girls in the coop yard until I feel like I can figure it out. (It has been over a week so I know Bernie is not coming back.) 
well it could of been a raccoon but as long as she is drink and eating and walking around then she should be fine but Bernie should come back justgive him a few days and if he anit come back then he is really gone plz post more updates if u get them


Runt
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Hard to say exactly what the predator was.  But cautionary note, they will often return to the place of a successful hunt.

If you can put up a game camera (even maybe borrow one) it might help you ID whatever it is and help in preventing future attacks.

Most predators are most active early morning, late evening, and night, except hawks which are daytime.  Best of luck.

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My daytime predators were a fox and a coyote. Sometimes feathers and sometimes just birds missing. They came everyday until my husband took care of them.
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It has been a week so I don't think she will be back. Thank you for the reply

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well it could of been a raccoon but as long as she is drink and eating and walking around then she should be fine but Bernie should come back justgive him a few days and if he anit come back then he is really gone plz post more updates if u get them


Runt

It has been a week so I don't think she will be back. Thank you for the reply

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It has been a week so I don't think she will be back. Thank you for the reply
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