Hey all, My ladies were free in the yard today and my husband was inside. It was mid-day and my husband went outside to find white fluffy feathers all over the yard (we have a silkie cockerel) and three of our hens missing. My husband said the roo was just standing - I think what ever grabbed the 3 girls must have tried for him & gotten startled & left him behind. He doesn't have any visible wounds, but he may be in shock. He was bonded to 2 of the three pullets that got taken (he brooded with them & did everything with them.) The other hens in the coop tolerate him, but he's lower on the pecking order. He is a really sweet bird. I think he looks like he's having a little trouble breathing. I don't know if I should separate him out tonight, or keep him with his remaining flock? I'm generally overprotective, but I want things to get to normal ASAP. If there's internal injuries, I want to make sure that he doesn't get his tail kicked by the older girls. What in the world could have taken 3 full grown hens so fast??? A fox??? Dogs? I have no idea. We've lost a few in the last year, but I'm thinking we need to switch our methods to strict supervised free range.