I am just sick over this, seven of my 29 chickens are gone. There are 4 spots in the yard with different colored feathers but no bodies. They were freeranging in our acre backyard (all fenced) during the daytime and the coop looks undisturbed. We didn't shut the coop until late last night since both my husband and I were out. Do you think that a fox or coyote did this? From all the reading I've done it seems as though these two particular animals carry birds away with little evidence that they were there. Why would 7 birds be gone?! We've seen a solitary fox in our backyard in the past but never a coyote. Would these animals kill that many birds when there are only one of them? I am heartbroken over this.....the poor dears, I shudder to think what they endured. To say the least, their free ranging daytimes are at an end, I don't want to lose anymore!