I feel absolutely horrible . I usually let the chickens out in the back yard to forage during the day, as its fenced in and quite large. Two evenings ago, I put all the hens back in their coop early so I could let the dogs run around. I must have counted one of the hens twice, because two seconds after I let the dogs out, my dal grabbed a hen that was hiding under the deck. She only had it for a second, and thank goodness her leave it command is starting to improve as she did drop it right away and it ran off screaming. Looked the bird over, and didn't see any obvious damage besides a few missing flight feathers, so figured I got lucky. Unfortunately I came home from work today and that hen was dead inside the coop . We're doing a chick-topsy on her tonight, but I'm guessing she had internal injuries. I feel just rotten about the whole situation and need to get it off my chest. We also lost our favourite hen, Chickoletta last night. She's the only hen that free ranges the property, as she's a Houdini. She didn't come back to her coop last night, and I haven't seen her since. Have a sneaking suspicion some fox had one heck of a meal . What a crummy day today has been!