I debated between posting here or in predators/pests, but since I want to believe my chickens did this themselves... We have 16 orpingtons hens (I don't think we have any roosters), about 6 months old. They're pretty, happy, docile girls. We keep them safe in a coop at night, but during the day, they have free access to the garden, which is probably about... 500 square feet, give or take?? and surrounded by a 6-foot wire fence with extra chicken wire around the bottom. Last night when we were putting the girls to bed, my husband and I found (well, the dog helped find) what appeared to be a gut pile in an area of the garden where the girls all like to congregate. We still have 16 chickens. It was fairly dark out, and my husband didn't want to leave the entrails all night, so he disposed of them in the woods, so I did not get a good look at them. This morning I re-counted the girls, who all seem happy and at ease, and came up with 16 again. Then I had a look around the garden, but found no fur, feathers, bones -- nothing to indicate that a massacre had occurred. So... do I assume my chickens killed something and left a gut pile? Do birds do that? Do they eat fur/feathers and bone?? Or do I assume that some random psycho threw a gut pile into the center of our garden? I'm inclined to wish for the former, because the latter would make me lose sleep at night. But I'm clueless as to weather chickens would leave a little pile of organs just lying around... Thank you for any help and information!