Wednesday morning we lost 8 hens - all 11 weeks old while they were free ranging in the yard/pasture and we were home. They were part of a flock of 25. We looked for the missing hens as we were putting their sisters to and my husband found several piles of feather on the other side of the fence, down the embankment towards the marshy area left over from the former beaver pond. Due to the heat the hens had taken to lying under an old plum tree and roosting in the branches. The tree extends over the fence. We have made several searches for them over the last 24 hours. We found one pile of feathers that lets us know one barred rock was definitely eaten. And there were quite a few feathers from Pearl- our Rhode Island Red who was mostly white- with just a red neck and head. But we found no black feathers and two black sex-link birds were missing. (4 Rhode Island Reds, 2 black sex-link and 2 Barred Rocks are gone). My husband searched for quite a while this afternoon, but no other evidence of death except the feathers we already found. Could a fox have gotten all 8? Is there any hope that a few might show back up after getting really scared and going into hiding? I thought I heard one while I was looking for them last night- but it was 10pm and I had a weak flash light. I tried to find it, but had to finally give up. (We live in the country so there are tons of predators.) Thanks for any insight- we are all really sad right now.