Around 9:30 last night we heard our chickens screeching. We (and our dogs) raced to the coop and found a Barred Owl inside. It had smashed through a small plexiglass window in the door and taken the heads off 2 of our (EA juvenile) chickens and was sitting on top of a third (our beautiful Partridge Silkie) which it must have been feasting on as she had injuries to her neck and body and didn't make it through the night. We have 5 roosters (incubated our own eggs which resulted in 1 hen and 4 roosters...uugh) and 18 hens. Can't believe we lost 3 hens!!! The window has been boarded up and the chickens will be in lockdown for a while. If it weren't for the circumstances of finding this owl I would say what a beautiful and majestic bird it is. Now I just consider it a very lethal predator. We've had problems with hawks taking our pullets and silkies when they are free ranging, but this is our 1st encounter with an owl. From the posts I've see on BYC it looks like we're going to have a problem for a while as Owls are persistent and determined. I hope to not encounter another night like last night!!!