My redstar hen "Miss Kitty" named after the gunsmoke character by my dad has a habit of escaping by flying over the fence. I've meant to clip her wings but, never get to it because I've been working on a new coop for them. I usually give her a few treats and coax her back into the fenced in garden. Today though I let her free range nearly all day as a treat because the wonderful job she does of giving us eggs. A large black dog ran by and grabbed her while I wasn't looking and took off running across the field. I was chasing after it knowing she was about to die. The next thing I know the dog started yelping and dropped her. When the dog looked back I noticed that an eye was missing and had blood running down it's face. She had gobbled part of his eye while he was trying to make off with a free meal. Her damage was only a few bent feathers but, that's all. Her reward was an apparently tasty eye. I'll have to be careful from now on about holding her close when I pick her up.