I went away for a couple of days vaca and the DH created a "run" - well when I got back I thought I counted all 20 chickens on Monday night. Tuesday AM it appeared I was one short...but figured she was in the coop eating...last night when I was putting the gilrs to bed and doing roll call I was missing a Leghorn. Ok... maybe she is out in the garage. NOPE! BLAST IT!! So one more lost...when saying goodnight to my chicks (they will be 15 wks on Friday) I noticed that my cochin was scalped....she was roosting and her wings were to the side more, I was horrified. What the heck could of done this? They have free ranged no isues for weeks... I know we have crows, racoons, skunks, etc. But what would tear the feather, and skin down to the what appears to be the under dermis or is it muscle (I hope not ...I hate to think of the pain she is in if so)? She was up out in the yard before going to roost, a little reserved but thought that may have been the heat, Would a raccoon reach in and rip if they cold not get a good grasp? Possums? Or was this more likely a predatory bird?