Hi! I have a flock of buff orphingtons (6) and new hampshire reds (down to 7 now), and 3 bantam roosters, they are all aprox 5 months old, and just starting to lay( 3 a day). 2 weeks ago I went into my coop and discovered the only bantam hen I had dead and pretty much eaten gone. one banty roo was pecked up something awful on his head, thought he might be blind, but after 2 weeks in porch/basement isolation he is finally healing up and his eyes are back open. he was my more aggressive roo, the other one has always been super docile. I assume that the banty hen and rooster got into it and everyone else just joined in from what Ive read about blood and chickens. nobody else was injured. I found a new home for one rooster- he was a silkie- didnt even know he was a rooster until 2 days before we rehomed him, he never showed any rooster-like behavior. Anyway at this point there were 14 girls and 1 docile rooster. other rooster is still away from everyone else. this morning I go out to let them out to free range (no fences just lots of yard) which I do daily and there is tons of feathers from a buff which I notice immediately, then I see her, one of my reds dead and half eaten in the corner of the coop. I am almost positive that nothing can get in the coop (which is dirt floor, very large.) The only thing I can link is that both nights before this happened we had thunderstorms-lightning-rain pass thru. I am just wondering if anybody else has encountered this ( are they just getting agitated and fighting to the death?!) and if there is anything that I can do to stop it from happening again. The coop has windows, which I plan on closing from now on when a storm is brewing overnight.. I am really getting upset by finding half eaten hens in my coop in the mornings. They all seem to get along just great the rest of the time, and they are all the same age. I got them as hatchlings early this spring. thanks for any input! new to this, but I love these birds!