I was feeling so pleased that I hadn't lost any chickens-they were all happy and healthy at 6weeks. Yesterday my daughter went out to check on them and our favorite girl, a beautiful polish, was gone. I have been reading this site all winter and I know that almost everyone has a sad story to tell about predators. We were letting the chickens free range in the day and tucking them in tight at night. I thought/hoped that would keep them safe... I found our girl about 30 feet away, with no head. The rest of her was untouched. From the descriptions on the predator list, it sounds like a raccoon or skunk. I thought these were nocturnal animals? Has anyone seen something like this in the day?? Thanks to you again- I have learned so much from this site.