Sad news this morning. My husband forgot to lock up the chickens. Having a newborn at home, I count on him to get it done. This morning I wake up and decide to let the chickens out extra early, 15 minutes after sunrise. I thought that would be a treat for them. Then the bad news... they are out. They are walking around making a news sound, a sad sound. As I get closer I see feathers everywhere. The feathers are mostly from the ones who survived. One by one I find 4 of the 5. And the fifth one... I only find her beak hanging from a bit of fat and a few of her wet feathers. Basically nothing is left of her. The girls are so stressed. There is a new friendly cat hanging around the neighbors. We do have fox, but do they jump low fences? Of course there are raccoons, and I have seen a striped tailed cat in the neighborhood. I believe coyotes would of killed more than one. Owls would take their prey? She was eaten under the big tree next to the coop. What would eat a chicken down to the beak?