Our new EE hen came up missing last week, and we looked everywhere with no luck. My husband finally found her remains, but we can't figure out what did it. She was noticed as missing first thing in the a.m. [hubby failed to lock up the coop the night before], so it was a night time or early morning predator.
The remains were a good distance from the coop, in the front yard, and there was nothing left but a few feathers and a very small amount of entrails. She might have actually been in the front yard when it happened, though, since they were not locked up and sunrise is early now, so they wake up early.
That was also 1 day after I found a dead baby 'possum in the driveway. It had its tail missing and teeth marks on one side of it's neck/shoulder but wasn't torn open. Weird!!!! I'm assuming whatever killed the baby 'possum killed the hen, but maybe not.
We have recently spotted a fox in a nearby woods patch, and we just caught a 'possum that killed another hen yesterday. That one was close to their sleeping area, head/neck gone, abdomen eaten, so 'possum seems obvious in that case. The guilty party is sitting in the trap outside right now, waiting for its doom, a.k.a. my husband.
Anybody have any ideas about what was likely the killer of the EE hen?