We lost our first chicken today, our only black Jersey giant. We're very sad; she was so sweet. We have about 2 feet of fresh snow on the ground. No tracks around her (so not a land moving killer), but feathers everywhere - like an explosion of feathers. We're assuming this was a hawk, but wouldn't a hawk fly off with its kill? Frankly, I would have thought our girls were a bit big for hawks to tackle... but it's winter, heavy snow cover... the raptors are hungry. Sigh.