My two silkie hens are hatching and brooding the chicks. They're in my garage in the bottom half of a dog crate, there's no top snapped on to it. They have a corner of the garage with straw so they can get out and walk around and their nest is in the crate with the food and water just outside of it. The garage door has been shut. The only other creatures in the garage that I know of are a couple other chickens. A broody OEG who is very docile and sitting on a pile of eggs she hid in a box back on a shelf. (Sneaky lady!) And a little batam OEG chick who has no friends, his other hatch mate died and the Silkies didn't want him. I cant catch him, so he just lurks around the garage under the shelves. (My garage is a barn, we don't really use it for anything except storage in sealed boxes.)
What could be happening to my poor chicks?? There are tons of giant camel crickets in the garage that come out at night. They couldn't be eating baby chicks, could they? That would freak me out. There could be a random squirrel or something hiding out in there that I haven't found I guess. It's weird that only a lone chick has been hurt each time. I don't know what to think.
Tonight I'm going to leave the light in there on. Maybe that will help. Poor little scalped chicks.