I'm at a loss as to what may be getting my chickens. I'm hoping someone will have some insight. A few weeks ago I lost a chicken to what I thought was probably a hawk. The chickens were out in their free range area and I found her on the other side of the fence, missing her head So, after doing some research, we decided to put up fishing line in a grid pattern throughout their pasture area. The only area that we didn't do was right at the gate in about a 2 x 3 foot area. We even hung cd's to blow in the wind. Everything was going fine. Yesterday, I came home to find my big, 10 pound rooster on the other side of the gate. He definitely put up a fight by the looks of it but I could not find any indication of how he got on the other side of the gate! There were no feathers or disturbance to the fence line, either above it or under it. Could a hawk have gotten through that small section that didn't have fishing line by the gate and pluck him out only to drop him on the other side??? I do have dogs that have an adjacent fenced backyard. They can come and go out of the house on their own during the day so I thought maybe they heard the commotion and came out which startled the predator and they got away. Could it be a fox that can climb over the gate or fence? The fence is 6 feet high. It would have had to carry it back over the fence. I've attached a picture of the setup. It is surrounded by woods. If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear. Right now I'm keeping my remaining 3 hens locked up in their run. Poor things don't know why I won't let them out!