I made an awful mistake yesterday. The coop has two doors, a front one where I can get the eggs, and a back one where I can change their pond water and put food in their container. I only had a drake and three layers. I left the back door open on accident =( I was gone for hours in the morning. When I got home, they were all gone. I have found spots in the yard where there are feathers- 3 here, 6 over there. I was almost certain it was our own dog, an Alaskan Malamute. He has bitten one before, but dropped it immediately, and then waited by the sliding back door till I got home.( I came home to him laying on his back being submissive.) I would have the dog with me while tending to the ducks, to show they were family. But I would never have left them alone again just to be safe. So, when all the ducks were gone, I thought for sure it was burton. But no bodies? "He must have buried them in the woods."- I thought. Its what he does with every bone he gets. I locked him in his kennel as punishment. even though I couldn't find a drop of blood on his white fur. This morning I got up, and heard the coyotes howling. Our dog chases them off all the time, but there is a family of them, I saw the pups at the beginning of summer! Could it have been the coyotes? Or was it our own dog?