I just needed to vent my pain in a place where others would understand my grief. I am a brand-new chicken owner. As a matter of fact, so new my oldest chick is 7 weeks old. But I have spent time everyday holding and talking to each of my chicks. Over the weekend I built a sturdy, yet light-weight coop for them (found the design on Mother Earth News - Mini-coop). I moved them in on Saturday. Everything was great. They were happy eating grass and bugs. The fencing on the sides was about 2x4" and top and bottom of chicken-wire all secured with wire - impenetrable, I thought. The ends were openable by a small flap area on top held down with several bungee cords on each end. Last night when I went out to say goodevening to my chickens and ensure they had plenty of feed and water, there was only one chick left in the coop where there had been four. There were some feathers scattered about on both ends (outside) of the coop... but no blood or parts, and no bent wires or opened flaps. I cannot even begin to figure out what has gotten in to my chickens and managed to get them out?!?! My heart is broken. I feel like I killed them by moving them outside. I thought they were safe. I cried myself to sleep last night. And now I'm at my desk at work but I cannot even focus on my work because my poor chickies are dead somewhere... by some violent act. I moved the last chicken back into the house with me, who appears completely unharmed (although scared to death and didn't want me to put her down after I took her out of her solitary coop). I'm beside myself. I feel so helpless. And no one understands my desire to raise chickens here and they think a chicken loss is trivial and silly. But I'm a wreck and I just want to sob for hours - but it won't bring them back. Has anyone else gone through this? Is there anything I can do to ease the pain? When will it stop hurting so much? I just want my little chickies back in my arms. They loved and trusted me, and I "fed them to the wolves".