Hi folks...need some help figuring out just what varmint is snatching up our chickens. We've had our mini-farm (surrounded by a wooded area) for around 4 months now, and just started losing chickens around 2 weeks ago when the weather started to get cold. They were in a free-range situation, but we are now keeping them to their coops and runs more frequently and only letting them forage when we are present. The first hen that was lost we found under the shed; she was decapitated and (sorry for being graphic) disemboweled with her innards partially eaten. We removed the body, and a few days later two of our 12 week old hens went missing--no trace. A few days after that, our large Orpington rooster went missing--no trace (and 4 of us were on the farm mere yards away using power tools when this must have happened). Just today, one of our Brahma hens also went missing--no trace or evidence. No feathers, blood, or any evidence, and they all went missing in broad daylight. We have set traps in the woods and are in the process of setting cage traps near the shed, barn and coops. We are also putting up fencing so they can't get so close to the woods. In the meantime, I am sick and sad because we've lost so many chickens so quickly with so little evidence to go on. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone or does anyone know what predator is likely to be causing this? We are in Western PA, so it could be a number of animals: we have possums, raccoons, skunks, foxes and coyotes as well as birds of prey like hawks and owls.