This morning I went out to give our chickens treats and found an owl in our chicken run, with chicken feathers all over the place, and three dead chickens lying in the run corners. The rest of our chickens were inside the coop. Apparently the owl crashed through the netting we had over the run (it was loose in one spot where we had just put new siding on the coop and hadn't nailed the netting to the siding). The owl got stuck inside the run because the rest of the netting held. When the coop door automatically opened this morning my chickens must have run out and encountered the owl. 8 made it back in, but four weren't so lucky. I'm pretty devastated. It took almost 10 minutes to convince the owl to fly out of the run door and then I had to clean everything up. I found my green egg laying Easter Egger's body, but no head; a 14 week old Barred Rock in two pieces; the skin, feathers and legs of a 14 week old Bearded Belgium D'Anvers, and a bunch of feathers from a 14 week old Partridge Silkie... but no body, head, feet or anything. I guess the owl ate her whole. Anyway, these are our first losses and I'm really sad. I feel like I failed my chickens. I guess we'll buy some more chicks in the spring, but it won't be easy to replace the adorable and friendly birds we lost today (especially since none of the feed stores nearby carry bantams).