OK so Raven, my black Ameraucana hen, mysteriously left for the day when the whole flock was let out to free range...She was acting normal (well, her version of "normal" anyway! She's always been a bit of a "cooky" hen...A very funny personality ) and I thought, whatever, she must be off somewhere behind the house foraging like she sometimes does. No biggy. I never really thought about it...Went to the beach for a little while, came back, and she wasn't back yet. But the thought never really crossed my mind. Until finally, I saw her on our neighbor's lawn! I guess she wandered a little too far and lost track of where she was...Again, no biggy. But when I saw her, for a minute I thought she was a different chicken because she had no tail!!!!??? I thought she was one of those rumpless chicken breeds for a minute, but then when I got closer I knew it was really her. I looked at where her tail used to be and it was just completely, well, GONE! The feathers seemed to be pulled out clean, leaving no blood or any other apparent injuries. Whatever she got into on her little adventure today, I'm just glad she made it back safely! In fact I couldn't help but laugh at her because she looks even more silly than she usually does now! I have no idea what could have happened to her, either. Maybe something tried to catch her? She's a REALLY fast runner so maybe something chased her (like a cat, fox, etc.?) and only managed to pull out all of her tail feathers? Our neighbor's chickens were out at the time and it's possible that they could have pecked all of her tail feathers out, but there's no bleeding or peck marks whatsoever, so I don't think that's it. After going up to the woods out back of the neighbor's house, I found a bunch (and I mean HUGE clumps) of light animal fur that we have no idea where it came from. But overall, whatever happened, I'm just glad Raven made it back unharmed...without her dignity, but nevertheless, unharmed!