We have been gone a couple of weeks. I had family doing chicken chores. My birds were let out this past Monday morning, and everything was fine. That evening, there were 3 - 4 hens missing, one juvenile and my rooster. An injured hen was found next to a building. The only sign of any of the missing birds is a few of my rooster's tailfeathers. The injured hen was put down today due to head and facial trauma. It looked like there was a puncture wound right next to one of her eyes, and just behind her beak. Both eyes were gunked shut. We are not believers in prolonging suffering in an animal. The chickens were kept in their coop/runs all day Tues. and Wed., but are free ranging again today since we're home and there is once again activity where the coops are. Our 10-year old lab died a month ago, so we didn't have dog scent around there anymore, and we'd been gone for almost 2 weeks. I suppose the varmints finally figured it out.