I am so sad. I have 15 girls and I was so proud that they have spent almost 2 weeks in the outdoor house (they are 5 weeks old). Well, this afternoon I walked up and found my favorite (why is it always the favorite??) Rhode Island red laying there dead. Her neck looked all wet and stretched out but that was about it. I couldn't bear to look too closely but my DH said that he couldn't see anything else--no blood, no feathers missing--nothing else wrong. All the other girls were fine. All we could find was approx 1 inch hole in the wood near the ground...we have tin on 3 sides and the top and we have 1/2 hard wire on the 3rd side top to bottom for ventilation (hot in Texas). Now I realize that we have some gaps in the tin about an inch where it overlaps on top. The floor is dirt but we could not see any digging or holes or anything except that small l inch hole. What could have gotten in? Could a snake do this? Would something come in and get just one like that and leave? I am so worried about tonight! We put a light on in the house, put more dirt around the sides (the run has a strong electric wire around it but we have a big tree on the side of the coop so that wasn't possible to go around the coop.) Help!!