Im looking for a little help solving this mornings Thanksgiving Day Murder. The DH went to open up the coop this morning and found Gizmo (a 6 month old Silkie) dead on the ground in the middle of the doorway. The mystery is that only his face is missing. He has no puncture wounds or is missing any feathers. There are 3 feathers on the ground by his body, but seeing how his face was ripped off its to be expected. I cant find any evidence of an intruder or brake in. What would take is beak, eyes, and frontal skull, but leave the rest of him??? The coop: We moved our flock into our barn this summer so that they would be more secure and have heat this winter. The coop is a sealed stall. The only open part is some industrial grade steal caging that serves as a window on the face of the stall. It is still welded shut and seeing as our drafts cant get through it, I doubt any common predator could. It is sealed at the rafters and has a 5 in cement rat wall to prevent digging. No one goes in or out if the door is closed! The flock: We do have our primary rooster, but he is very passive and has not ever fought with Gizmo. Giz was getting a little feisty with the ladies, but was small enough that he didn't really pose a threat. We also have a few 4 month old suspected roosters besides our hens. Im wondering if a fight would have caused this. Would a rooster rip off the others face and eat it in a cock fight? Has anyone ever had something similar?