Something picked off my tiny cochin hen, and I'm totally ticked. She was SUCH a cutie pie!! Her brother just dropped dead a few days ago too. I was really looking forward to seeing her full grown . Anyway she went out with the (now identified at cuckoo marans, thanks BYC!), ducks & turkeys this morning as usual (have pics to prove it), and usually we're outside all day but it was such a hot weekend we spent the day inside... and she wasn't around for afternoon bum-count. Or since. I think it was an aerial predator since she's just GONE. There has been a crow hanging around, and she's just about the right size to make a tasty lunch. The red-wing blackbirds used to be our best defense but they've moved one. Anything but a mature roo would help defend against this kind of attack? (or netting in the entire run, it's too big) Lenny (our immature roo) isn't quite old enough, he does help with head count but he's not big on the fight yet.