I'm so broken hearted. I noticed the girls were extemely quiet and not their normal selves, and my son had commented that out of 4 layers (9 birds in total), none had produced and egg! So I went and checked on them (they were outside the coop, freeranging) and thought I'd double check to see if someone just wasn't hitting the nest. The coop has a small, closet like area in it, and in here I found Maude, a beautiful Barred Rock and our first layer, and my precious Roo named C-Diddy. I didn't even want a rooster! It was an accident. But he was such a sweetie and my baby... I just can't believe he's gone. My question is, what happened? What might have gotten them? The coop is closed up, but there were areas (notice I said "were") up high that were open. I looked them over as much as my heart would let me, and I saw no puncture marks. Maude's neck was broken. If something got it and it dragged them oer there, wouldn't I see evidence of teeth? And the birds weren't eaten at all. I can't help but wonder if something happened to Maude and C-Diddy died of fright. I just don't understand. I'll obviously never know for sure, but if anyone has any ideas at all, I would appreciate you sharing them with me. I've been reading for a while. I just wish my first post wasn't such a sad one.