1) Attacks in the morning hours (my attack happened between 8 and 10am.) 2) Strips the neck of all feathers and eats what little bit of meat was on the neck...but leaves the head intact and attached to the body. 3) Rips open the crop but leaves its contents uneaten This was a very scary attack. The pen that my birds were in actually backed up to my heavily stocked tomatoe garden. The predator went through the opening to the tomatoe garden and apparantely hid in the vines until just the right moment to strike. It didn't even try to pull the carcass through the fence. But along the way to the garden, it passed numerous pens, tractors, and even free ranging ducks and chickens. It apparently knew where the easiest meal could be found. Any ideas on what it could be?