I'm a newbie to this site, so please bare with me... About 4 years ago we moved to our current home on 2 1/2 acres and were given two bantam hens by friends. I think they are the Old English type. We never had chickens before, but we quickly fell in love with these two. They were cute and funny to watch and very social. Bought a prefab coop from a farm and feed store nearby and would let them out to peck around during the day, they would put themselves to bed at night and we would lock them in. Never a problem until this past spring when one of them died suddenly. We decided to get some Bantam chicks from farm and feed place. Not knowing what we had (hen or roosters) we think we ended up with 4 hens and one rooster. The rooster became very protective over the others and also was quite beautiful. At least two of new hens started laying in July and we typically got between 2 to 4 eggs every other day. Moved all of them into 10 x 10 chain link dog run and my husband built a new coop for them, complete with nesting boxes etc... Two hens, a white and a buff, would lay in the coop together and even in the same nesting box...They would lay eggs together and sit on them together. With the exception of the occasional black snake that would get in and raid eggs, we had no problems until this past week. I went out to feed and water them on Tuesday and our white hen had been killed and eaten right in the nesting coop. The only thing left of her was some feathers, her breast bone and her feet. There wasn't even blood in the coop...One egg had been smashed (or eaten) and one left intact. The other hens and our rooster didn't have a feather out of place, but were acting (understandably so) extremely nervous. Not knowing what we were dealing with and extremely upset over our loss we started searching the internet for clues and possible solutions to protect the rest of our little flock. We decided on an electric wire barrier to put around the enclosure and decided to set some live traps also. The hens and rooster wouldn't go back into the pen so we decided to leave them out for the night, as they were obviously "sitting ducks" in the enclosure until we could implement the barrier electric wire. On Thursday morning our rooster was nowhere to be found. We can only assume that whatever got our white hen was back and took him. Now we are REALLY MAD!! Set live traps last night, and this morning...nothing. Any ideas on what we might be dealing with? Oh, we also have a bunny in a hutch nearby the chicken pen and the first night it struck, her pen had been messed with also. (Wire bent, etc...) Any help will be appreciated, thanks!!