I had 3 silkies, 2 hens and a rooster. I've had them for one month. We live on 3 acres of land which is surrounded by woods on all sides. Their coop is 200 ft from the house on the edge of the woods. In the past week they've been coming to the house, hanging around our shed and patio. They've been free ranging all day, which I felt uneasy about, but they were very happy. Yesterday we were inside, we do have a house dog too, for 2 hours. When we came out one of the hens was dead on the patio, head gone, back eaten, 10 ft from house. Rooster was also gone, but at dusk he came out, he'd been hiding in an old doghouse on other side of house. Thank goodness he's safe! My other hen also went broody yesterday on an egg, so she's safe also. My questions are what predator does it sound like did this and since she's broody and his favorite hen is gone, how's it going to be for him? I'm new at this, and cried for hours last night, but know it's a process in starting a new homestead. Thanks for any advice!