Okay bear with me while I write this all out. Today I was sitting on the computer when I heard a horrible squawking so I rushed outside to find a hawk trying to get at one of our 8 week old chicks that was inside our chicken tractor. So I shooed him off and proceeded to locate all the other chickens who were free-ranging. In the process of looking around the property, I found the decapitated remains of one of our hens- it had been a very recent attack, as she was still warm, and there were no flies/ants or other bugs on the carcass yet. her body was deep inside a side shrub (I found her while trying to get another chick out that was hiding in there after the hawk incident). I noticed a bunch of feathers under the bush a ways so I crawled in there and found her. My question is this: Could it have been the hawk? I mean it seems wierd that the hawk would kill a chicken that was twice its size and then drag it into a bush, decapitate it, and then come out of the bush to try and get the little chick?? I'm pretty sure that it was two separate predators, but I've read the sticky thread at the top in this forum about identifying predators and I can't decide what it was. Here are the facts: ~Attack was in the middle of the day ~Bird was decapitated, feathers strewn about but no other parts of it's body was eaten besides the neck chewed off. ~Head and rest of body left in the same place. ~There was a large nest of eggs hidden in the bush where the hen was killed, they were all empty and broken. What would you suspect? I thought at first it must have been a skunk or racoon but I read that they hunt at night only. I'd like to know what we're dealing with so we know what to trap for. I don't want to lose any more birds, we all love them so much. It was heartbreaking to find Barbie- she was our favorite hen and my kids would carry her around all the time.