Last week I lost two chickens to something. I assumed the predator was a hawk, but now I'm second guessing myself. I found a head next to the chicken yard (they were free-ranging at the time) and one in my compost, which is also a short distance from the chicken yard and coop. I've checked the predator sites and did a search on BYC but cannot find anything about what predator would leave heads only. Here are some details: 1) The two that were killed were smaller - one was a Leghorn and the other looked like it was one of my smaller Partridge Rocks. 2) There were feathers scattered INSIDE the chicken yard (which has poultry netting over it). I thought that was strange. 3) There was another chicken that I nursed back to health that had a bent neck. She could not lift it for a few days. She also was unable to walk for a couple of days. I thought it may have been due to her being dropped. She is a larger, heavier mixed breed. 4) The rest of the chickens (28) did not want to come out of the coop the next day. When they did, a hawk flew overhead and they all ran back inside. I'm still thinking this was a hawk attack, but the head issue puzzles me. Any thoughts or ideas?