I admit, I had way too many chickens, but I never wanted to thin my flock in this manner. I must have forgotten to close them up one Sunday night. It was raining all day Monday and I did not get home until after dark. Tuesday morning,I went to feed them and was met by carnage. There were headless chickens everywhere,in 3 pens. I lost 46 in all. I saw coon tracks,so I expect they were the attackers. What I can't figure out is how they got 5 young pullets out of a pen that was 3 ft off the ground. I can't believe I was so careless! needless to say, they don't get out unless I am sure I can put them up each night. Poor things,they were terrified to go back in the coop. I had to carry some of them in.