Arggggg Well, low and behold as I left for my early morning walk with my dogs, I spot someone leaving my neighbors property. Must be a houseguest and guess what's walking next to him.............a big shep x dog. I'm not 100%, but my guess is he's staying there and his dog did the damage to the little buff hen. I can only blame myself because my hens FR on their property (with their blessings) if they feel like wondering over. I only wish I had known they were having a house guest with a dog and I would have kept the girls locked up. On the *bright* side. Mystery solved and maybe we can discuss it as good neighbors do. Our properties are next door and even if my chickens were not on their property, a strange dog visiting could easily run over to ours. Hmmmm..............Ahhh to live on 1000 acres alone. Again, I'm not mad, just a little sad that no one was watching thier loose dog. I will try and discuss it without them feeling defensive. Again, I blame myself. ONe hen dead. My hens free range during the day. Yesterday, I found my buff O dead. We are trying to figure out who/what? Middle of the day. next to house. did not carry body off. feathers everywhere. ?? I can tell you it was not a dog. We do have coyotes, but they do not normally come around during the middle of the day. The body is real close to the house. Any thoughts? The other chickens seem fine. Why wouldn't a wild animal take off with the body. I left it out there last night (I could not move it with DH not home and my little kid too close) but I figured whatever killed it would maybe come back and drag it off. It didn't. DH will deal with it this am. Maybe he'll have more to report. My other hens are begging to get out of their coop? I would think they would want to stay locked up/safe?