I lost my favorite hen this morning. I only had 2 Buff Orpingtons and one was a rooster. I decided to save the rooster to breed this spring just for the fun of it. This morning I let all the hens out to free range like we do every day. A few hours later I went out to do some work and I saw some feathers in the yard. When I looked at them I knew it was my Buff. I found the body about a hundered feet away. The head was gone and the back was tore. It looked fresh and the body wasnt stiff so I knew it just happend. I dont know what killed it? I have been keeping this darn rooster seperate and it is a real pain to do that in the winter. Now I have to decide if I want to keep the rooster. He is really beautiful. I realy dont want to have to wait to raise another hen then breed next summer. I just thought it would be fun to breed them and let them hatch and get raised naturaly. We put the rest of the hens back in the run. I think we will keep them penned up for the rest of the winter.