We had our first predator attack last night on our girls. We live in Vermont on the side of a mountain known to have raccoons, foxes, hawks, owls, coyotes, bears, fisher cats, bobcats, neighborhood dogs and neighborhood cats. We have let them free range for about a year and a half and often forget to lock the coop door until quite late at night (I know this is entirely our fault, and am not looking for blame, we are going to crack down immediately). I am trying to figure out what may have attacked based on what we found. Last night, we got out to the coop around 8pm and found one girl with a very badly ripped up comb. She was shaking her head and blood was flying everywhere. There were blood sprays all around one corner of the coop. This morning we saw a trail of small drops of blood leading up the ramp to the coop door, so I am pretty sure the attack happened outside, not in the coop. One other hen lost a two handfuls of feathers on her top of one wing and on her back and one of our roos lost a quite wide bite of feathers on his back. All of the bites left behind significant amounts of saliva. The feathers were all sort of crunchy like they had been saturated in saliva, so that is what I am assuming it was. We did hear an owl hooting a bit after we got the injured hen out of the coop, which doesn't explain the crunchy feathers. The girl with the two patches out of her back feathers seems like it is about as wide as an owl's feet would be. Does anyone have any ideas what this might be?