We got home this afternoon and found that something had killed one of my 8 week old jersey giants this was one of the smaller ones and probably weighed about 1.5-2lbs. I have looked into what it may have been but there seems to be some conflicting evidence. This is what I found. The chicken was obviously killed about 10' from the coop door. There were feathers and some intestines there. A few feet further, there was a pile of more feathers. A few more feet, more feathers. There were 4 piles of feathers ranging over about 30'. Then, there was the carcass. Head and wings still there. Most of the breast meat and organs gone. There were no obvious teeth marks. I was thinking a hawk, there has been one around occassionally but the crows in the area usually chase it off. But after reading about predator ID, most things say usually the animal is carried off. Then I was thinking cat but thought that 5 piles of feathers may have been alot. My birds, chickens, ducks and geese, all free range. I'm wondering if whatever it was got scared off by the other birds before finishing it's meal. There are also horses and donkeys in the pasture that may have scared off something. Here is a pic of the carcass.