I came home tonight to find a chicken missing. It was a peep that I had hatched that never integrated with the others (which are down to 5 hens and 1 rooster due to other predator attacks). I lost track of age, but this little rooster was almost fully grown. I realized it was missing and set off with my flashlight. Found him near the corner of the fence gate with the feathers on his side ripped out and I could see his heart beating. I picked him up and turned him over and realized his neck was ripped open but the windpipe was intact. I put him out of his misery but am wondering if a cat would do this? I've seen a stray and he's a big boy. My yard is fenced with a wooden privacy fence but there are gaps at the bottom. When I got home it was already dark, appx 6:45. I know there are raccoons, possums, skunks, possibly minks and foxes. I also lost some to hawk attacks but this is not a hawk or even a dog attack. The feathers that were ripped off were not all single feathers - looked like they were torn off. Would a cat do this? I have a call into the animal control officer who will hopefully call me back tomorrow and I'm going to set a trap. I've lost 3 chickens in two weeks and only one was from a hawk.