We have lost 5 chickens in the last 2 weeks. We free range our chickens during the day and lock them up in the coop at night. The first two were out of our 15 week old pullet flock. They kept going into the woods and we lost 2. All we found were the feathers in the woods - a big circle of feathers, no blood, no body parts, only feathers. They were eaten in the middle of the day. The next two were out of the same flock - we were out of town, the farm sitter said 2 didn't come up. Then on Saturday came the biggest insult - one of our full grown Buff's got snatched at the coop (in the middle of an open yard, next to the barn) and eaten in the middle of the pasture...in the middle of the day. Again, all I found was the pile of feathers in the middle of the pasture - no blood, bones, or guts. I haven't seen anything and haven't caught anything on the game camera. I'm right now in the process of putting 2x4 wire around a 1.5 acre piece of our "backyard" and putting electrified smooth wire around the bottom of it. The chickens are currently (very unhappily) locked in their respective coops until the chicken yard goes up. So...what's been eating them? It blows my mind that they're getting eaten in the middle of the day. Is the chicken yard even going to help? If I still lose chickens once the fence goes up, I'll probably get a mini-donkey to put in there with the chickens. My full size donkey is too bonded with the horses to be moved apart from her herd.