Note: white chickens are more likely to be killed by marauding dogs than dark grey or black chickens. We will assume the fallen 4 were roosters. 3 will be eaten, small as they were, one is MIA. I am strangely practical and non-emotional about our lapse of judgement (left chickens outside free ranging while visiting folks went in and out, neglected to be ever vigilant or put them away).
But the yard is lovely as it always is in august! Full of blooms and rangey growth and life.