At least I think that's what we're dealing with. It hasn't attacked anything, yet. Well, except me and my husband (sort of). Something's been down in the soybean field just beyond the hen house twice when I went out. The first time it made a sort of weird squawk at me, and it answered with that same squawk every time I yelled at it. Last night, it actually charged me, but stopped at the edge of the soybean field and then made a racket shaking up the soybeans. My husband went down with the dog and it huffed and panted and charged him and the dog. When they didn't move, it stopped, made the same huffing noise several times and finally retreated slowly. We never actually saw it, but it is the only thing that makes sense. It actually sounded like a bear, but we don't have bear in Nebraska. Supposedly, badger attacks on chickens are rare and they don't attack humans unless cornered. But this guy definitely wasn't cornered. I was just out taking the puppy potty when it decided to charge. I wrote out the whole encounter here. http://roscommonacres.com/2010/10/i-am-never-going-outside-after-dark-again-and-thats-that/ If anyone has any other ideas what it could be, let me know!