About 2 weeks ago, I lost one of my ducks. No sign of him anywhere and I searched several days. I can't see into our "woods" everywhere, but if you bend down and look you can sort of see the ground to see if there is a body or feathers. I didn't see anything. Last night I went out to put everybody to bed and the chickens are still out and that's just weird. It wasn't dark yet, but about 10 mins from being so. The buffs are always in the hut or up on something. I didn't see the BR as if anybody is out, it's her that waits for me and the ducks. The ducks were all standing together as well. This isn't unusual as I come out with a dish of peas and they will wait for me at the edge of the sidewalk. Nobody made a move to head toward their huts, even with the lure of peas. The chickens started going nuts trying to get into the small fenced area by the house that has the turtle pen and their food. Then the dog is going crazy as well. I did a quick look and saw nothing in the yard and told the ducks to get in the pond. Chickens were getting up on the fence rail or into the small fenced area. So I did a quick run to where the dog was running by the fence going crazy. Starting to get dark and that is where some of our "woods" are. I couldn't see that he was chasing anything. My other dog came out to get in on the fun and he wanted nothing to do with her, so I knew he was after something. I ran inside to go grab my husband. He was in the shower. So I went back out. I see Peanut limping up toward us. So I looked again, nada. Both dogs are near her, so I ran off back into the house and grabbed a flash light. Did a quick search and nothing that I could see. I scooped up the chicken and went back into the house to see what was making her limp. All I saw was some scratches on her leg. Before I left this afternoon, I went back to see where the dog was going nuts. I saw three piles of Peanuts feathers along the fence between the "woods" and the fence. I then saw another pile in the "woods" right behind their hut. So true to her form, while she wasn't in the hut, she was hanging out next to it waiting for me. She's been under a tree all day so DH and I got her out and checked her over better. Figured if she lost that many feathers, she may have some injuries that I didn't see last night and her foot is all swollen today. Figured out where all her feathers came from - whatever had her wanted some chicken drumstick. I didn't see any punctures or breaks in the skin, just a very naked inner side of her leg. It just looks red from being roughly plucked. It was not my dog. One goes out with me when I put the girls to bed and then the other comes out as I am closing everybody up. Last night was no different with the dogs. Birds were already freaking out before dog 1 went outside. It was dusk. We have a 4' field fence around the back of the yard. We've not see anything come over it (well, we had one deer once). Doesn't mean there isn't something out there, but we've not really had problems. My rooster went missing last year. No signs of him. A few months later, my polish chicken was taken by something that flew. I've had my ducks for 4 years and have added a few and some chickens to them. No issues until last November. Then all was quiet until Dill the duck went missing 2 weeks ago. I don't know what time that happened. I went out just after dark to put them away and he was gone. I rushed the girls to bed and went out and spent an hour searching for him. Again the next morning. Based on last night, I'm guessing it might have been the same thing, so I'd guess it happened just before dark, but it was able to just take him and go. Girls will be locked up early tonight while it is still daylight, but what on earth tried to eat Peanut last night. Lucky for her Tavarish is not a fan of things invading his yard. He shares with the ducks/chickens, but if it doesn't belong, he goes after it.