I came home from an appointment this afternoon only to find five separate feather piles. All the chickens were silent. I had let our laying hens and rooster out to free range in our fenced yard while I was gone. It was the middle of the day and they really wanted out this morning. I came home to dead silence. The meat chickens were hiding beneath their ramp. I finally found one of my laying hens hiding in Andy's stall. She was still and quiet. I got her back in and waited until hubby came home to look for clues. I thought dogs had gotten in our yard. I was sure of it. When hubby got home, we walked the yard searching for clues (armed with a shotgun) and he found the rooster and another hen. I got them into their coop. The rooster has a deep gash on his back and a big patch of raw skin. He suffered scratches on his legs as well. We couldn't find any real paw prints, much to our surprise. After they were tucked away, I finished the chores. Suddenly, a couple of wild doves burst out of an overhead tree and flew away as fast as their fat little bodies would carry them. I looked around and spotted the culprit. Perched towards the top of a dead tree was a beautiful red tailed hawk. His is still gray with his immature feathers. All the anger I had built up towards my neighbors and their dogs that run loose melted away at the sight of this deadly but gorgeous creature. We moved prey right into his territory. Can't blame a wild creature for taking advantage of a readily available food source. Netting isn't too expensive and I can keep the laying hens locked up in their run and coop. I hope our poor rooster recovers though. I do like him. Anyone know any good websites for doctoring up injured chickens? I have some general livestock antibiotics on hand. Here is Peter the rooster. Please send some good thoughts for him. Poor guy!