And it's totally all my fault. I forgot to close the coop door last night. I live in a suburb, not far from rural area. My chicken coop and run are predator safe, but not if you forget to close the door at night. My chickens have a big pen they roam around in during the day, it's something like 50x50 feet, maybe a little bigger, and it's fenced off with that wire farm fencing. This morning I looked out and one of my chickens was out in the yard, outside of the pen. I went out to look and realized the gate had been pushed open all the way. I thought everything was fine until I saw a pile of feathers and realized one of my SF's was missing. There is a pile of feathers right outside the coop door, and her body was under the coop. It doesn't look damaged at all, except that her head is completely ripped off. I took a horrible picture, in case anyone can tell me what kind of predator did this. I don't want it to come back for more and find some way into my locked coop. Click to see. http://eingefangen.smugmug.com/photos/491773476_nadK8-M.jpg There are several things I am confused about. Why did the predator take a good sized chicken, who sleeps in a pile with a couple other chickens in the far back corner of the coop? Instead it could have easily gotten one of my smaller chickens, or one of the constantly confused crested birds. Why my sweet SF girl?? And why did it drag her under the coop and just leave her body with no head!?! Why didn't it eat her or something? There isn't even any blood, just feathers and a headless body. Do you think my big Brahma roo could have woken up and scared it off? I'm so terrified I'll find her head out there later. I don't think I could stand seeing her little face dead on the ground.