We had a huge woodrat kill my three favorite pullets yesterday. I shot the bugger and buried my feathered babies, directly in front of the two survivors. Alice and Rosie had no bite marks, but had neck, breast, and tail feathers ripped out. Im assuming one of my tomcats heard the panic and spooked the rat (who ended up trapped in the pen when he forgot how he got in). My stupid question: Alice and Rosie were skiddish and low ranking before, and seem a little dazed by the event. Theyre eating and drinking fine, but seem confused as to what they should do-milling around calling and looking for Redbird, Mayhem, and Havvik (they are looking at the grave and it makes me sad). If you have lost part of a small flock to predators, did your lower ranking birds show signs of grief? Is it just ridiculous that im trying to cheer up chickens?