I've been looking on all sorts of sites and forums to try and guess what ate my chicken yesterday. It was in the middle of the day, in the front yard, close to the house. I was home so I'm bummed I didn't catch it. She was a Millie Del Fleur and I found her along the neighbors fence line when she didn't come into the coop last night. Whatever killed her left the body. The head was in tact, but the entire neck down to her breast was munched quite a bit. The neighbors think it was one of our cats, which is possible because this Millie was small, but now I'm scared to let the ladies out to free range. This only leaves me with 4! Our neighbors lost a chick and had a large hen injured shortly after we moved in and suspected our cat at that time. It's possible because one of our cats is kind of a jerk and I could maaaybe see him doing it, but at the same time, we've had chickens for as long as we've had him and although he's always had an interest in our chicks, he hangs out with the adult chickens most days and has never stalked one or looked twice at them...even the small Millie's and Silkies. Has this happened to anyone else? I honestly don't know what else it could be. Some friends say a bobcat, but it would have had to come pretty close to the house and we do have dogs. They weren't outside at the time, but their scent is every where. We live in the country in NC. Thanks!!