Today as usual I came home for my dinner break. It was about 2:30 pm. And as always I went down to check on the chickens and collect any eggs they had left me. As I approached I saw one of my black australorps laying in the lower covered run next to the fence and it was obvious something had been eating on her. My first thoughts was she had stuck her head through the fence and a neighbors dog had gotten her. As I got closer I could see it was a lot more than that gone and she had to have been attacked from inside. To get to where she was you have to go through an open door to the fenced in garden which I have been letting the chickens clean off for the last month or so. Then you have to go through the upper run and through a small door I have cut in the fence to get to the lower run. This hole is only big enough for chickens to freely go back and forth. Anyway as I got inside I was looking down toward her and heard a flapping. There was a barred owl setting on a perch in the upper run. All my other chickens was inside the pen in a corner. So theres no doubt what happened to my australorp but I have a couple other questions. Isn't is a bit unusual for an owl to be out in the day ? Also I have a Rhode Island Rooster. Am I wrong to think he should have attempted to fight the owl off rather than running and hiding behind the other hens while one of his girls was murdered ? I have always made sure to be home and close off the door to the garden with no top before dark because I know an owl will go inside a pen after chickens but didn't know they came out during the day.