I went outside today to find the legs of my bantam d'Uccle rooster sticking out from under the back deck. It was hard to pull the body back out onto the grass to investigate, and it was clear that something had attempted to pull him under the deck. Upon further inspection, his neck has been lacerated/broken and the entire chest cavity has been eaten out. I'm at my wit's end... after losing an entire clutch of chicks and now a rooster in a matter of days. These attacks are taking place in broad daylight, and whatever is hunting seems to be getting smarter. I would go out every morning and feed and water... and all baby chicks would be present. I would go back outside mid-day and one chick would be missing... then, a few days later, two chicks would go mysteriously missing. Strangely, roughly five days later, the last three chicks went missing... always in the middle of the day. I've searched everywhere for feathers, bodies, etc... signs of anything, to no avail. And then today, my little bantam was found under the deck. He was alive last night, the wounds look very fresh. Due to the attacks happening in the middle of the day, I thought I was dealing with hawks. Now, I'm not so sure. All chickens are now confined to the run (I have a fenced backyard in a super urban area that still luckily allows roosters). I am leaving on a trip today and will be gone for five days... hoping I don't come back to further losses. Any idea on what daylight killer I am hunting down now? Again,neck was clearly broken and lacerated... entire chest region was eaten out, but nothing else. Everything else was in tact. Please help! Trying to think of some last-minute steps before leaving. I have enough time to hang the feeder & water inside the coop and reinforce a little bit. Run is entirely made of chicken wire.