Ugh 4 am this morning, I am hearing what I thought was thunder. yes we do get winter thunderstorms, unfortunately this rumbling went on way too long. get dressed throw on my sloppy shoes and go out flashlight in hand. I get to the coop which is basically behind my bedroom. and something black zips by my leg and through the crack in the door. Of all things to grab , not the pitch fork mind you but a stupid tin handled broom! After yelling for hubby that a mink had gone in, In I go back into the coop I see 4 dead, and the mink with one of my best hens in his mouth. I took the broom and the metal end that the cap fell off of, and rammed the SOB as hard as I could, nothing , rammed again and it let go of the hen, zipped by me and out the door. down over the bank and back to the brook, now here comes hubby, grr , couldn't find the shells for the 410. Go back inside the coop to see just who was lost. Ugh My Gold Lace Cochin Rooster Pantyloons, Blue Cream Silky, 2 Commet Layers. It looks like there was a struggle the Roosters spurs are covered in blood with no apparent injury to the spikes. this Cochin Roo had 4 1/2 inch spikes. and he was a moosh bug. Zabrea my huge fat cat apparently got ahold of the mink. we could hear him screaming and flew around the coop in time to see her with a smug look on her face, She has been known to kill weasels. she has brought us dead ones before. I am waiting for light so I can go out and check the hen who escaped. we are getting ice and snow right now, Traps have been set, gun is loaded and by the door, and the pitch fork is now residing just inside the rabbitry door, If I cant get it with one I will get it with another. it gets into the traps is one dead fur ball. Right now I cant shoot the rifle as I have nerve damage in my arm and just pinking up something that heavy makes my hand go numb Pitch fork is my best bet and I will get the SOB.