Wife let out our 8 hens and 1 Roo yesterday am around 8, as usual. The backyard is 1.5 ac fenced w/ combo of 5' high chainlink and wooden fencing (next to house). They have been free ranging w/ no predator problems for 9mos. Last night about 8 I went to lock up the pen and coop, and we were one short - a sweet little EE that had been laying a prefect green egg every other day for a few months. I took my spot light and wandered around and found her. Something took her. About 1/4 was gone - head was gone - no skull, only shreds and 1/2 a beak. Neck was stripped, w/ a little tissue left btwn each vertebrae, and a small portion of the breast w/ the stomach exposed full of grains. I was heart broken - the wife is disturbed. I happened during daylight. I really don't know what did it, we have coons, yotes, fox, cats, and even a bobcat has been seen on the road. My $ is on a coon - there was just too much left, imo, to be a larger predator. I removed the carcass, left some bits and placed my hunting/game camera close by. Any suggestions on finding out what did it? Baiting to figure it out? I have no quams with eliminating what ever has done it, I just need to find out what did it! I can take a pic of the carcass, but I thought that would be a bit graphic for some. For now, the birds are staying in the pen. thx.