We lost our first chicken today to a predator...our BR...not quite one year old. Beyond the shock and grief I'm trying to figure out what happened so hopefully I can take steps to keep our other hens safe. We live in a neighborhood...houses close together, small yards, I've never seen anything in our yard larger than a squirrel. There is a five foot wood privacy fence around the yard, and the girls free range during the day. I've pretty much ruled out any large predator such as a dog or fox because of the fence, because her body was not moved, and no other areas of her body were touched except her neck. So I'm thinking a hawk or something similar. I'm wondering if the injury she suffered sounds consistent with the type of damage a hawk can do...if I could at least narrow down what sort of predator we're facing, I could better decide what to do to protect our girls. I'd be grateful for any thoughts or advice. We're heartsick over this...sweet Raven, you'll be missed.