Hi everyone - I'm new here - and I'm confused I've read the sticky about identifying preditors but I'm confused. I'm just getting started - I have 4 hens and a rooster (do you want me to tell you their names? ). Everything has been hunky dory for the first three weeks. (I only had two hens until yesterday). Up until now I've been getting two eggs a day like clockwork. But on Wednesday there was only one egg. And I thought "Well that's strange" but the bells didn't really go off until Thursday. Again only one egg and I noticed a dark spot on the ledge in front of the nest which looked like an egg has been broken and eaten. There was no shell. Would this be a snake? Don't they swallow the egg whole? What would break an egg, lap it up (I'm guessing here) and take the shell? signed: nervous new mommy - Please help. ~ seeing if this works: I know it looks bloody but it's not. The board is and old one that has red paint on it. And I put some water on it to clean it up before I realized I should take a picture.