Last night after the football game, I realized that I had left the chicken coop door open. Before I got out of the car I saw a dark animal, about the size of a medium dog, but wider, run in the shadows away from the coop! I checked and whatever it was only ate a few eggs. So, I closed up the coop, latched it and went inside. It was about 10:30pm. This afternoon I went to let the chickens forage in the yard, and I found one dead hen partially eaten on the coop floor, that was not there last night. Then as I looked around for clues in the chicken's fenced (50x50) yard, I found another partially eaten hen and roo (this was a LARGE black Jersey Giant roo). THEN, as I walked around investigating further, I found the skeletal remains of another hen, and there was NOTHING (not even entrails) left except for her intact head/neck, which I found in the coop run. (**I just came back in and found another hen, totally eaten remains...only the pelvis and one partial wing left...no innards, not even a head.) It looks like I'm still missing about three that I haven't found any trace of. It had to be something that climbed over the five foot high fence into the chicken yard, then found its way into the narrow opening of the chicken run, THEN found the chicken size door to the coop. Could a large raccoon have done this? A bobcat..? ....would they eat eggs? I would have thought a coyote except there was no damage to the fence. Chupacabra? (jk...except that I AM in Texas....! ) Due to the conditions of the bodies, and the fact that fireants had only swarmed one hen, I am thinking the attack took place early this morning between 4:00-7:00am. I checked the dirt for tracks...nada. I locked the chickens in the coop for the night and we just came in from setting the live trap. I shut up the chicken yard, but left the coop run door open, just like last night. The coop itself is secure. So whatever managed to get to the chickens last night will have to do the same thing tonight, and hopefully, when it sees it can't get into the coop, it'll go after the tuna can in the trap.