I missed one of my hens day before yesterday,and after looking for evidence,I found where something grabbed her. Whatever it was took her from about thirty feet from my front door,about 2 in the afternoon. Then carried her about 20 feet away under a large cedar tree,and left only a pile of feathers,and her head. I then followed a small trail of feathers through the fence and around the house and out the back. I wasn't home at the time,but my wife said the chickens were making a lot of racket about 2 o'clock,so I'm pretty sure that's when it happened. I spent the day yesterday guarding the flock. This was a pretty brave critter,killing a chicken,and eating it right in my front yard. I can see where it went through the fence,but can't make out any tracks. What leaves only feathers,and the head? I'm thinking it had to be a fox,but they are usually pretty shy around here.