My mother is "babysitting" 5 chicks, almost 4 months old, for me until I feel they are big enough to mix with my grown girls. Yesterday I went to her house after I picked my kids up from school and found one dead. My mother had left her house about 12:00 and I got there at 3:20 or so which means it happened between those hours...so middle of the day. Her head was gone and she was ripped open. One thing I found strange was a large pile of her feathers about 4' from her body....meaning she was moved. None of the other chickens were harmed....the other 4 her size or any of my mom's grown chickens separated by only a fence. Just wondering if there are any guesses what happened. I think hawk...whatever it was went inside a 6' chain link fence in broad daylight. Here are a couple of pics. The first one showing the condition of the body and the second showing the distance from the body to the pile of feathers. Her name was Latte, BTW. She was a wonderful little girl One of the first babies I ever hatched and I miss her terribly. She has a twin (same parents and look identical) named Mocha who is feeling just lost without her. Those two were inseparable.