we went out to close the hen house just after dark tonight, like we do every night, and OMG the house was EMPTY! we let them run free during the day, and for two years have been very lucky to never have a problem. we have two dogs that seem to keep the yard free of predators. however tonight it seems they never made it home. we found two separate piles of feathers...one from a RIR, one from a black barred rock. we found another chicken, dazed and confused, in another location, clearly with life-threatening injuries. we put her in one of the nesting boxes and hope nature takes its course by morning, or we'll have to cull her. we've never had to do that, this is our first flock. we're assuming that the six remaining hens are scattered about the property - we are on a heavily wooded lot, on the side of a hill. we looked as best we could, but could not find them, or their feathers. will they come home? has anyone ever had this happen, and they return after it's all over? assuming they survive the night in the woods, of course. i'm sure whatever it was (fox, coon, coyote...) could not have gotten all 9 of them, so some must still be ok, right? i'm so upset. i can't wait for dawn...however they may never roam free again if they do return.