Living way out in the country, we've dealt with many predators, from a coon coming into our house and stealing fruit, to a bald eagle on our pond attacking our Ducks. Most are simple fixes: a coon or fox, or something of that nature-you shoot it. But we now have a new predator on the prowl: what appears to be an owl. Just like the eagle, there's nothing you can do to it. A week ago, we were walking home from my parents house (20 yards away) when the dogs started barking and running toward something in the dark. We heard a flapping/flying sound, but it didn't really click. Our chickens and guinies had often been going crazy at night, before and since that incident, but until tonight, we had no idea why. About 11:30, I heard my hens clucking. I awoke my husband and we walked out to see what it was. We heard the flapping sound once again, and it moved the other side of the yard very quickly. We then saw a bird of some sort fly from that try. We couldn't see it very well, just that whatever was moving around was a rapid flying animal. Now, being that owls are really the only night hunters around here, I assume that's what we are dealing with. I know they're all around here, as we've seen smaller owls both at night and during the day, and my husband was hunting this past year, and was startled when at day break, he saw a grey horned owl in the tree beside him, less than 6 foot away. I don't really think it could fly off with any of my large RIR's or my brahmas unless it were massive, we do have smaller guinies and bantams which it could easily get. Our chickens and guinies all roost in trees, and the owl knows it. He was right there in the tree beside them. I have too many birds to get them all up at night, so what could I do to keep from losing birds? I know if he kills once, he kill again and again. Free food isn't a bad bargain for anyone.