I came home to carnage yesterday. Left my little freerange flock as usual around 9A, got home at 6P anf they did not come running at the sound of my car,as is their habit, to mug me for treats. Just one hen in the backyard, and a huge pile of downy feathers - from the color I knew they belonged to the rooster. I followed this trail and found his body, along with 2 of my hens - one my "pet" Houdan - in the bushes they like to hide under to get out of the sun or away from hawks (when rooster sounded the alarm). All three had their necks broken and the rooster had been chewed (stomped?) on his back, no other sign of any fight or major wounds. One hen had a puncture on her breast, but not bloodied and she was a white hen (Delaware). It looked like the rooster put up a fight, but the hens seemed to have been attacked while they were hiding or just resting - no struggle apparent. The four survivors were shaken, but came out of hiding and let me put them into their coop w/fenced yard. They will stay there today and maybe from now on. Saddest thing was the little white (mutt) hen who grew up with the rooster since I got them as day old chicks, flew onto the window sill and called. I just know she was looking for her pal & protector - the rooster. The most upset of the others was the Black Star who hung around with my Houdan. Noone can tell me these two were not grieving : ( If this was not an attack by a dog I'm afraid it could have been a human predator. If so, I hope the rooster got in some good licks before he died. What else would do this kind of killing and not drag away or eat the kill? I am saddened and a little frightened someone would come onto my property, if indeed this was not done by an animal.