Recently, I had what I thought would have been a skunk attack on the property. I arrived home a couple Friday's ago to an absolute mess in the house. Our Mastiff cross had broken out of his kennel while we were at work (which he's only done once in the 3 years I've known him). He tore apart the garbage, strewn it all about -- we were just lucky he didn't spend the day marking the house. Angry, I stormed outside to go check on my birds who I had left free ranging (as usual). That's when I saw it: Patch of blood stained grass, explosion of maybe 1/16th the total feathers of a bird. Walk 5 feet and another, and another. Then just tufts of feathers that didn't belong. No bones, no wings, nothing. Gone. All of the birds were in the coop, as high as they could possibly get, including the birds that normally roost on the ground. The area just wreaked of skunk, both inside and outside the coop. We have a guardian dog on the property that we've had for about 2.5 months now, and when I walked back to the house, I found her gingerly grabbing a wing attached to the innards of one of the birds. I lost it. Yelled at yer and screamed, grabbed the remains from her mouth. Never even had to touch her and she rolled onto her back and started whining and yelping as though I had beaten her. She had -no- blood on her and she's a white pyr, so I'd see it ( I think anyway ). What I SUSPECT happened is she had never encountered a skunk before and was going nuts. The dog in the house heard this and tried to get out to be with her and help. If there was anything left to the birds, I wouldn't be surprised if she consumed them and I wouldn't blame her for doing so. I had a pup prior to her that the birds were just terrified of. She had gotten ahold of a bird and tore it's back end to shreds and they learned to avoid her from the moment she was out of the house. They immediately got up high and stayed there until she was back in the house. They aren't that way with the Pyr. They walk right by her, peck the groudn around her feet, walk under her and don't even think twice. This is STILL the case. However, while packing up some birds for the auction yesterday morning, one of them got away from me and I couldn't catch her. I arrived home to find an explosion of her feathers, a patch of blood and, well nothing else. Immediately I thought I had to have been wrong, it must have been the dog. The dog had a streak of blood on one paw and that was it. I'm not convinced it was her, but I can't be sure. Don't dogs leave parts behind, like feathers, wings, feet and some of the entrails? It's my understanding that: Skunks rip off heads, consume whole carcasses (feathers and all) and do so until they are full; Racoons rip heads and bodies apart, often leaving parts or all of the parts of the birds behind; Coyotes grab and go, like a KFC drive thru; Weasles kill, de-feather and eat; and dogs spree kill, usually consuming one or 2 while leaving most feathers, wings and feet behind. Any opinion?