I would almost consider myself to be an expert on skunks. I successfully rehabbed a litter of wild orphan babies once and even kept one of them as a pet for awhile. I have had them steal eggs in the past and caught them inside the chicken house eating layer pellets. But never once had one take a chicken to my knowledge. They seemed to be pretty scared of the chickens....Very timid and shy animals. Basically vegetarian. Well today there was mass carnage in the chicken coop. (If I seem apathetic right now, it is because I have resigned myself to it). It took the largest and heaviest of all the chickens. One was a favorite of mine (of course). I would have guessed a fox or coyote. BUT, when I went into the the coop I smelled SKUNK. Not just musky varmint odor but definitely skunk. Now, before I go blaming a skunk, I thought there could be a possibility too that this predator went after a skunk recently and got sprayed. Another thing that makes me wonder if it was a skunk was that the crows were back in the woods raising heck. And the birds were going nuts in the area. I have never seen that kind of panic over a skunk. It happened this afternoon but I know most predators will come out during the day when that is their only opportunity. So, all in all, four chickens are missing, one looks as if it died of a heart attack. One is chewed up but alive and should make it. Does this sound like a skunk attack? I know that they have the strength and capability to kill, but they also have extremely poor eyesight, can move lighting fast when they WANT too, but WOULD they????