I've got a dead chicken and a missing duck. I heard something out in the coop in the middle of the night, but just thought it was the chickens being pushy for the best spot on the roost. I wish I had gone out to check...thought about it, but it was 3:30 am and I had only gotten up to go to the bathroom. We had left the coop door open, stupid, I know. But, in our defense, we've lived in this middle of the town (small town) house for nearly 3 years and have never seen any nocturnal predators. Thought I was being over protective about locking up the chickens and then the ducks liked going under the coop, so we got out of the habit of locking the chickens up too. We had planned to start locking them back up after we got a duck house built. Obviously, this is a priority for this weekend. We have put the ducks in the coop for tonight and will continue to do so for the next few nights, until we get their house built. But, I'm hoping someone can help me figure out what killed the chicken. I read the article at the beginning of this category and it said that most of the possibilities for where we live would have taken the head. I thought maybe a neighborhood cat, but they've all been around them for months now and haven't bothered them, just been scared away by the chickens coming after them. Also, a cat wouldn't have been big enough to take a nearly full grown duck away. Sorry for the long post, just wanted to give enough detail. WARNING: Here's the picture of the dead chicken.