Last night we lost all of our chooks (4 girls) We awoke to find four huge piles of feathers outside their coop - no bodies, no blood, just feathers. I've been reading through the forum posts and it sounds that this was most likely a fox? I found the information a little confusing though - I looked at a few photos online about what is left behind when a fox gets in, but the photos look like they are just leaving behind a few feathers, often near fences, and the posts say they take a few bodies, but we lost them all. Whatever got our girls definitely completely denuded them. And seems to have done it just outside the coop. (Took an hour to clean up and two bags full of feathers). But all the feathers seemed so cleanly plucked out - nothing wet, no chew marks, no blood, or anything. We also heard nothing, which is unusual. Does this sound like a fox to those of you with experience? We live in the suburbs (Melbourne), but I guess there may well be some foxes around. We were just closing the coop door at night, and not locking it, so an animal could definitely have opened it. I just wanted to ask those of you who have suffered the same fate if this sounds like a fox, because before we get more I want to be sure it was an animal (not some creepy neighbour). And a final question - are there any special tricky secure door mechanisms I could look at for future purchase that chooks could use to get in and out of their coop? Obviously this predator is local and has now staked out our place as a possible restaurant so we have to be super careful. And I don't always get home before dusk to lock them up. Thank you for your help. Daisy.