We lost our Silkie today - she was 13 weeks old and out in the yard ranging with the full grown standard sized girls. I was home in a room where I can hear them and other than some egg songs early in the day I didn't hear anything. I went out mid afternoon to check them and to go pick up the kids from school and she was gone. There were no real signs of struggle - I did notice a few feathers but not many more than are normally in the yard. Her bantam buddy Athena seemed a little shaken up and was in her house on the roost, but the big girls were out in the yard as usual no signs of distress. I have them in my back yard - there is a 6 foot wooden fence all the way around the yard and the gaps under it have been blocked. We had a raccoon in the yard the other night - woudl a raccoon come in broad daylight? And if it was a raccoon I would think there would be more sign of a struggle? There are a few small scrawney feral cats in the neighborhood - but I can't imagine one of them would risk coming in the yard with the big girls. I am not sure if there are hawks in town - I know there are vultures sometimes. Does anyone know what it might be? I'm afraid to let any of the girls out again for fear something will get them. My kids and I are all in tears tonight. I wish I hadn't let her free range - she wasn't as quick as the ohers (with her feathery feet) and she couldn't see well around all her fluffy face feathers - I shoudl have know she would be an easy target.