I'm so sad. I now know how it feels, and truly feel sympathy for anyone who looses a chicken. I got my first flock only 26 months ago (April 2009) and have been very protective of them and lucky no predator (we've had fox and coyote in our back yard, and we're in a residential neighborhood) attacks until yesterday. How it happened was: I was stepping into the shower, with the knowledge that DH was outside with the chickens, as he had let them out and he knew I was not available for a few minutes. He apparently came in to get something really quick (actually only 30 seconds), when he went back out the door, he saw a fox running into our yard from the neighbors, straight for one of our Black Star hens. Fox caught her tail feathers, and the other 6 hens scattered for cover, while husband was chasing the fox, the chicken instead of running for cover ran to the front of the house, and across the street into our neighbors front yard, where the fox (which had circled around our other neighbor's house) spotted her and attached her again, before we could get to her. She escaped briefly to the neighbor's backyard, where by the time we got to her, the fox had pretty much ended her life. HATE THOSE DARNED FOX. I understand that it's part of the food chain, but it hurts my heart knowing it was human error. DH feels terrible. I have 6 of that flock left, which was originally 7. And I had just picked up my new flock of 8 day old chicks, which are currently in a brooder box in my garage - safe. I'm now sooooo worried that the fox, who knew the chickens were there but not reachable while safely in their run, now knows they are obtainable, and fear for the remainder of that flock, and my new one once it's moves outside.