It's a gorgeous balmy day here so I let my girls out for some r & r around noon. They hadn't been out for a few days so it was time. I saw them wandering around the lawn and a few minutes later I had to go outside for something and there was a blanket of white feathers across the lawn!! I didn't hear anything, didn't see anything and even the dogs hadn't alerted me. On closer inspection I think the feathers belong to the rooster, but there isn't a body, or even a trail to feathers going in a particular direction. I've walked the whole property and found 2 chooks but there are 2 more unaccounted for, excluding the rooster who is either bald or gone. Sigh ..... I'm not going to panic too much until evening when, fingers crossed, the others come out of hiding, which, hopefully, is where they are. What do you think got them? The rooster was huge - maybe 10lbs live weight, which I would have thought was too big for a hawk. Foxes perhaps? Do they hunt in the day? I don't think it was a coyote as my dogs weren't stimulated by the smell of the remaining feathers. They had finally all started laying again, dang it. Poor girls and poor old rooster.