I went to look for my black cochin a little while ago because I realized I had not seen her all day. I found only a pile of strewn feathers and a foot and what appeared to be her skull left on the other side of my fenced yard. The free range group does occasionally get thru a small space in the fence but by dark they are in the coop and I close the door. i did notice that they were hesitant in coming out this morning, and I am not sure if she was in the coop overnight because it was dark when I locked it andd I did not wait for them to come out this morning because they took so long hesitting and peeking out the doorway! I remember reading here that each predator has a certain way of identifying itself by what is left behind...so what one would have taken the time to pluck rvry feather and eat all the bones and meat??? I would think racoon becuse of their hands...but am I wrong??? She was a pretty bantam cochin and I will miss her, but i do realize that sometimes there is a price to having a happy free range bird.