I had my first predator "attack." I say "attack" 'cause I can't figure out what happened. I let the birds freerange. One got caught behind the fenced area and couldn't get back to the group. This happens all the time, usually they figure it out. So when I went out to refresh the water, I noticed a bird flying away, and all the chickens were huddled by my house. When I checked out where the bird flew from, I found my dead chicken. She was still warm. She had a chunk missing from her neck--artery was not severed. I checked her all over and can't figure out how she died. There was no blood around the site and no signs of thrashing. Why is it that when we process, they spurt blood and have the nerve reaction? Is it possible that she died from fright from being unsuccessful in rejoing the group and the bird just happened upon a warm meal?