We've had our chickens a few months, and lost the first ones sometime Friday night or Saturday morning. My husband and young son went to the coop and found 2 hens dead (one of them was my son's favorite) and one stumbling around in a daze. One of the two dead ones had all the feathers missing from under the wings to the tail. Both thighs and legs were bare as well. The other had the feathers missing from one thigh. Neither had any other apparent injuries, and there was no blood. They were laying on the ground at the bottom of the roost. The one still alive did have a bloody spot where her tail joins her back and had a few feathers missing just above her tail, along her spine. She also had one swollen eye. We separated her from the others (they were pecking her, which could very well account for the bloody place on her tail) and poured on peroxide and piled on antibiotic ointment. I pulled the remaining feathers together and "stuck" them into the ointment to cover her wound. Her eye is fine today, and she seems to be doing ok. She seems to be very sore and squawks loudly when picked up. I checked the perimeter of their fence, and found a spot where something very small could have gotten in, so that pretty much rules out a dog; all the dogs around here are too big. I read through the sticky that tells about different kind of predators and what to look for, and the only thing that sounded close was a weasel. But, I've lived on this hill for 41 years and have never seen a weasel. That probably doesn't mean anything, though. Does anybody have any ideas what this predator could have been? We live in north Louisiana, if that helps. Thank you!