My bird was attacked by a raccoon at 2AM last night.
Fortunately, I was able to run out within 10 seconds and break-up the brazen act before anything serious happened (I think). There were a lot of feathers pulled off; they looked like down feathers than one's from the body, but this is a guess. No signs of blood.
The bird quickly flew off screaming in one direction, and the perpetrator in the other (gosh, it was big as an adult german shepard!). I was not able to find her in the immediate area after the attack nor before I left for work pre-dawn.
My question: She flew off in a direction where she never normally plays. As to how far she would fly in darkness is anyone's guess. Will she be able to return to my yard/her coop from unfamiliar surroundings on her own, though somewhere nearby? And if not, how far might she have flown in the dark? (Though this point might be moot, as I won't be able to look for her until late this afternoon.)
My chickee is feral (she chose me), so when I built a small coop for her I didn't have the heart to box her in every night. Now I know better.