Would it be after the chickens? They all free range all day. I have not seen a lone vulture before have you? I live out in a farming area and we have hawks but never seen vultures before and there is nothing dead in my yard for sure! Do they go after live prey? How do I get rid of it? Right now it is sitting in a high tree that overhangs my coop and just a while ago it had landed in my yard and scared the heck out of the chickens, but flew up onto the coop roof when I went out there to see what is going on. Edited to add it is a Black Vulture.