I was out in my garden around 9:45am this morning, and out of the corner of my eye, saw movement. I turned and looked and saw a dark brown or black furry animal slink away from the apple tree into the space between my garage and greenhouse (which leads out to my driveway). I have no idea what this creature was but after something got one of my chickens from its pen last week, I am very leery. I'm in a rural-ish suburb on a little more than 1/2 acre. Have a chain link fence all round the property. I've been searching online for the various types of weasel-y creatures we have around here and the only thing I can come up with that it looked like was a mink. There's really no water nearby, other than a very small creek at the end of my neighbor's property (which extends 1/2 acre beyond mine). I didn't see a tail, nor did I see white like on a skunk. I just saw the back end and it was long, thin, dark, close to the ground and slinky. I am guessing medium cat size. Any ideas? Again, this was about 9:45am. Would a noctural animal be out at this time of day?