One of my daughters chickens got murdered yesterday. Have no idea what it may have been, was early morning, two areas of spontaneous feather explosion, and then the hen about 3 ft away. The ONLY thing wrong was its head was off, but right beside the body, the neck and shoulders were stripped of skin. I'm thinking mink, we live in the smokey mtns, TN side, so i set a live trap. The bait I used was the heart from the dead chicken, that was a little gross, and the head, removed the rest of the carcass and placed the trap were the dead chicken was. Grandad was the one who told me to do all this. Anyways, go down this morning, and low and behold the trap has moved, been turned upside down, and the bait is gone. What on this earth is smart enough to turn a live trap over and get the bait. I'm having chicken livers for supper tonite so was going to use one of the raw ones as bait. Was also going to "lock" the trap down with a piece of rebar. I need to get this animal. The chickens are all up, we dont like leaving them like that, and yes we know we are taking a risk loosing them, and they will stay up till this evil critter is caught. Im going to catch the momma hen this evening once she goes on the nest and move the nest and babies to a secure location. Hopefully nothing will get them today while waiting for dusk. Any suggestions would be helpful.