Up until yesterday, our goats and chickens have comingled in the fenced pasture field. The chickens have respected the 4' field fence wire (and hot wires for the goats!) but yesterday when we came home, 3 of the 4 were outside the wire. Yup, the 4th was goners. All we found were 2 piles of feathers about 6' apart. The piles of feathers looked as though they were shorn off of the hen. There was no skin, in fact, no nothing, other than the feathers. When we disturbed the piles, the feathers just scattered to the wind, again, there was nothing else there. We did find some vague paw prints in the soil near the death-zone. The incident occurred sometime between 10am and 3pm, midday! My question is, what am I dealing with? I know that we have hawks, owls, raccoons and the occasional coyote. To my knowledge, we do not have bobcats, have never seen a cougar here and last saw a fox 10 years ago. (well, we do have deer, but unless they have mutated, they are probably not the problem). The "cleanliness" of the kill and the fact that there is no body leads me to think that it was an owl or hawk. The paw prints, a raccoon. I am not sure if a coyote could jump the fence. The "shorn" look to the feathers is most interesting. The midday kill, is also a puzzle. The goats were relatively unperturbed. Trapping would be an interesting proposition, given that the goats are in that field. Any ideas?