I was reading the different problems with predators, and hoped to find one that would tell me where to look or what to do. But I don't have a predator getting in the coop or raiding my flock at night. My free range flock are getting picked off during the day. On Sunday, one of my dogs got out and I thought he had gotten a hen, although I couldn't find it but saw a lot of feathers - both black and yellow. And one Buff Orpington was missing. The next day I found more feathers and a Rhode Island Red was missing. Today, a Silver Laced Wyandotte was missing. But I went into the woods by where I found the feathers and found her headless body. I believe we might have interrupted the predator in process. In the same area, we also found more feathers from the Red, but no body of either the Red or Buff. We think the black feathers from an Astrolorp might have been one that managed to escape, since we aren't missing any. Everything I read doesn't seem to fit - it's one chicken a day (for the last 3 days); eating the head first (based on the carcass we found); drags off or eats the rest of the body (since we aren't finding the carcasses); and it happens during the day not night. We ruled out a hawk since feathers were found going on the edge of the woods and then going in the woods, leading us to the carcass. We haven't seen any sign of a fox. Wouldn't a coon hunt at night? I would appreciate any ideas, suggestions, help. (By the way, we will now pen them in during the day until we know what predator to look for and how to catch him).