My mom let the three dogs out and one of the chickens was in the yard. Yes it was a Speckled Sussex. I have done everything I can to keep them out (see update on my post, Speckled Troublemakers from yesterday). Now I just check for chickens before letting the dogs out. Well she forgot, what can I say, she is 93, and they went roaring down to the fence and got Speckle. Mom came and got me, I was on the phone and hadn't heard anything. Dogs were called in. Speckle lying in a heap with feathers all over, eyes closed, legs sticking out, not moving. I didn't touch her, but went to get a plastic bag and a shovel. She was there about 10 minutes, absolutely motionless. I thought she was dead. When I went to touch her, she opened her eye and looked at me. I thought, OK she's alive. I went to get a box to put her in. Came back and she was up and walking. Then running. Couldn't catch her. Figured she couldn't be hurt too bad if she could still get away from me. She went back in with the others. I can't really see any injuries, just a lot of feathers pulled out. One bare patch on her shoulder. She is on the roost all hunkered down but still bright eyed. I decided to let her rest for the night and try to get a better look tomorrow. So do chickens do this to fool a predator, or was she in shock?