I am new to this forum btw and also new to having chickens. I live in western Pennsylvania and I NEED TO KNOW what killed my Rooster. We was a rare specimen. We got him and he grew up with a very weird deformity. One of his legs was twisted backwards and he limped to get around. Anyway, I let them roam freely and I keep an eye on them and today at around 2-3 pm I walked outside and right near a tree where they sand bathe or dig in I found him dead. I dont know if its just me but I feel a special bond with all of these chickens, especially him because he was a special one. When I went to check his body, I found him (Dale) with his Neck eaten. I have since burried him, but it looked like something gouged one of his eyes out. There were few feathers around the area maybe 5-10. I really need closure. I took care of him and loved him. I couldnt stop crying and beating myself up. I could have been out there to save him, he was so defenseless. Please will somebody, anybody share ANY information about what predator could have killed Dale. I need to know so it doesnt happen again! Thank you.