I am a newbie to this chicken thing but I love it... till yesterday! I only have 5 ISA Brown hens (now 4) & 2 Bantam-cross roosters. I went out to close the door late yest. afternoon & only counted 4 hens & 2 roos so I started searching. There she laid, not 20 feet from the back door, half ate!! Feathers scattered all over, intestines pulled out & the meatiest parts were ate. I am blaming a stray tom cat I've seen around here from time to time. An eagle or a hawk would take the whole bird & also a coyote would, am I right? Just makes me ill. I was getting 3 to 4 eggs a day and now this has to happen! Yes, they are free to roam the yard & do a tremendous job of catching grasshoppers & all kinds of bugs. The one poor rooster was crowing & crowing this morning & now I notice they are starting to fight over the remaining four hens. Call Me Sad In South Dakota!!