Thanks guys. I know she will NEVER have another chance if I have say. I've watched how good of a momma my Banty is, and the spitz doesn't even come close. My banty has been awesome. I just felt if I left her out there, it would end the same way.
I just wish I knew what happened to little "Ice".
No, Chibi and her babies have been in and out for almost a week now. There's been no commotion. My run is NOT suited for little ones, I did not plan on having little ones out there. He was quite tiny too. He could have slipped out no problem. I've never (knock on wood) had a predator problem yet, especially during the day. They are literally back yard chickens. His little body could very well be under straw they kicked up for all I know, though I tried turning over any looser spots I saw. "Momma" was not upset in the least bit.
I'm not being condescending, or belittling. I've greatly reduced my role in this thread, and I'm only commenting because you know I have a lot of experience with broodies. I'm very sorry about your chick, such a cute little thing.
Don't be so hard on mama. Just the fact that she sat through to the end on her first clutch means that she has good potential as a broody. I have cuckoo marans that evacuate the nest as soon as they pip. Chicks also get kicked a few times as they gather around mama while she teaches them to look for food. I've never had one injured that way, and they learn not to get directly under her. Again, the fact that she is teaching them to search for food is a sign of a good broody. Chickens are also programmed to take care of the chicks that they have, not the ones that get away. Say I have a broody with 4 chicks, and I sell three of them. After I remove those 3, she doesn't spend hours searching for them. She takes care of the one she has. In the wild, she couldn't sacrifice the one that was safe to search for the ones that are missing. If you hatch and sell a lot of broody chicks, this is a good thing. It lessens the guilt of taking their babies from them.
You said yourself that your run is not suited for little ones. My runs are, because I hatch in the pens all the time, but if there is any place they can get between, through, or under, they will find it, especially bantams. I've lost several chicks that way. Once a chick gets outside the pen, the predator list is twice what the predator list for big chickens is, and they can disappear quickly, especially if there are cats or dogs around. Mama's job is to take care of the chicks inside the pen. If a chick gets out, that is my fault. Predator protection is about keeping things out. Once you start hatching in the pens, you have to look at protection from a whole different angle. It's about keeping things in. I have a 3 foot tall run of hardware cloth around every pen that may have chicks, attached from the inside so that the hogwire gives it a solid backing. I used to use bird netting, but it was too easy to tear, and the could get under it if it wasn't anchored to the ground. Bantams could even slip through it.
Knowing that you aren't wild about the thought of broodies in the first place, I would recommend either chick proofing your runs, hatch and brood in a smaller, chick safe pen, or break your broodies. I love having broodies, and watching the mama with the chicks is one of the great joys of raising chickens, but there is a whole new set of obstacles once you start down that road