A few weeks ago I discovered my Pekin bantam was dead, stuffed in between the edges of the coop, with her head missing. The rest of her was intact. More recently one of my Silkies had all of her feathers ripped out of one of her wings and it was bleeding. I thought it was the chickens having their pecking order thing on her, however, it got worse. Later on, her tail feathers were also gone and that area was bleeding also. A couple of days later, she was dead. She seemed fine, she ate and drank, she hid from the other hens though. Her body was a mess though. Her insides seemed to be all missing. I just assumed the rats had had a go at her body through the night and the rest was the other hens having a... taste of her >.< Today, I found another one of my silkies, dead, she was perfectly fine, she had no missing feathers, she wasn't bleeding at all. Her body was the same as the other silkie. This time I took a picture. Maybe someone here can tell me what is killing my chickens. WARNING: IT'S NOT A PRETTY SIGHT! I have had the silkies for over 2 years now. I have had rats all that time with no major drama. My chicken coop is dog and cat proof. There is wire covering above the run. I had a snake in the coop before but a snake wouldn't take a bite out of a chicken. I live in Australia. What could possibly be doing this to my babies?