On Sunday afternoon, I saw a stray cat on that side of the property - right around the same time of day. Do you think it could have been a hawk with the initial kill, leaving the innards, legs and feet and then the cat making a quick dash for the feet and legs, leaving the innards?Hawks, buzzards, or vultures probably wouldn't or couldn't eat the feet and legs. Hard for me to believe a coyote or fox came in there with all those chickens going crazy then killed one and stood there and ate it. I really believe either a fox or coyote would have scooped one up and ran off with it. Since it happened during the day its unlikely it was a coon but I wouldn't rule it out. Doubt a coon would eat the feet and legs either. Also hard for me to believe the dog didn't see anything or didn't get involved. I know you probably don't want to hear that but i'm trying to help.
I would agree with you. This year, was the first year EVER I had a predator problem- 8 years.Large cats? bobcats? cougars?