After head count before lockup, I was missing two chickens. It wasn't dark yet, so hubby and I went looking around, saw no sign of either bird. We called and waited, but they didn't come home. In the morning, searched a wider area for signs of the girls, and found a pile of Dominique feathers with no blood. We were then thinking 4-legged predator. Later in the day, hubby went back out to investigate, he saw a hawk that he didn't know rooting around the pile of feathers looking for leftovers. He said it was MUCH bigger than any redtail he'd ever seen, and we have a lot of them. He looked in my audubon bird book, and identified it as a Northern Goshawk. Guess what they eat: ruffed grouse, which we also have in our area. Later that afternoon, there was still no sign of anything from the other bird. Didn't let the girls out of the run. That didn't matter, because they all stayed huddled in the back of the coop. They didn't even venture out into the totally enclosed and covered (with 2x4 wire) run! The next day- after an egg delivery, I pulled into the yard and there was the missing chicken on the roof of the coop, looking in the window at her sisters! I let her in, and she was none the worse for wear, just a little thirsty and shaky. It's been a week, and she's acting like nothing happened. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Goshawk That's life in the big woods, I guess. I'm honestly surprised we haven't had losses before now. But that Hawk! What a beautiful bird! Is it possible that the hawk left a pile of feathers and no blood? That seems suspicious to me. Could it just have been looking to clean up after someone else's kill? Nothing like a little speculation here on the predator board.