This morning I made a grizzly discovery - during the night one of my young Polish has been killed, dragged out of the run through a small hole that had been dug under it and eaten entirely. The Polish all range from 9 to 12 weeks old and are in a rabbit hutch until they are large enough to free range safely and this has never happened before. Could a rat have done this? We have a real problem with rats at the moment and my dogs are currently catching 2-3 a night as I take them out as soon is it gets dark. The only thing is these chicks are now almost the size of a pigeon so are they too big for a rat? Or could a stoat or weasel be the culprit? I found a dead rat that had been eaten just meters from the hutch a couple of days ago which could indicate that was killed by the same thing, otherwise it could have been a hawk (I leave the dead rats the dogs catch out and a harrier hawk gladly comes and takes them away each day - but it has never bothered my chooks or pigeons.) WARNING: this picture is pretty grusome - but could a rat have done this???