My neighbor called me at work yesterday morning to ask if my chickens were ok. I told her I assumed so; I had fed them before I left and everything seemed fine. She said about 2am they heard a horrible ruckus - sounded like animals fighting and they smelled skunk (I had my AC on so I didn't hear anything). They were going to come over and check my pen but after smelling skunk, decided against it. I didn't give it another thought. This morning my DD was feeding the banties in the pen when she realized my favorite hen, Miss Betty, was gone. I happened to be in the garden picking tomatoes at the time and when I heard her say that, I looked over by the compost bin and...found Miss Betty... Why does it always have to be the GOOD ones??? Wish whatever it was had gotten my roo or the hen that only lays the "fart eggs" instead. That would explain why the rooster attacked me when I went to feed - must have been something terrorizing them at night and I never knew. We are going to reinforce the pen today. Do skunks kill or only eat dead stuff? I thought they were just scavengers so I'm guessing it was a raccoon. We live in a rural-ish suburb and my yard is fenced in. I don't ever see or have evidence of raccoons or skunks in my yard so I'm pretty stumped.