From what was left I was not able to tell which one it was so we had to open the coop and see who was left. I was able to tell that Cheeto was still alive along with Tiny. It turned out that Pretzel was the victim. Levi has for the past several weeks called Tiny which has had no hair on her top, Cheeto. This has been very confusing for me and obviously for him. There was not much left and this appeared to be a raccoon attack as it was similar to other events we have had in our chicken raising life although this was the first day time attack. With the cold weather coming in I could see a raccoon doing this during the day.
Well last night I was driving back from a meeting when I got a call that another chicken was dead and that it was Cheeto. Our neighbor told my wife he pulled up and a large hawk was eating the intestines from the chicken. Kacy being pregnant didn't want to deal with it, but she had already locked the other chickens up and she indicated they were scared and didn't want to come out of the coop. I didn't want her to deal with it either. When I got home I buried the chicken. The chicken was actually Tiny and the damage was only on the back and entirely different from the damage the night before. I still feel the Wednesday attack was a raccoon. I enclosed a large portion of the back yard with bird netting so the chickens have a run and a place to hide in some bushes.
This morning there were no chickens waiting to be let out as has been the case every other day we have had chickens. They didn't eat much food yesterday and apparently no water. I put everything right at the coop for them to hopefully eat and drink today, but we will see how they are when I get home. We have had quite a few losses to raccoons in the past especially one large attack that killed most of our chickens. Never have we had back to back attacks from predators and never a hawk. I have always been cautious about hawks since there was a hawk nest at our old house. We have always covered baby chicks in an area so they would not be eaten. Hopefully this is our last losses for a long time. I had been wanting to get some chicks this spring and now it appears that we will really need them. Chick days can't get here fast enough now.