A few weeks ago a couple of my hens went broody. I knew it was the end of the season but allowed them to sit on their eggs. My fertility right now is now the best, so one hen ended up with 1 fertile egg, and the other ended up with 2. They all made it to hatch day and unfortunately one of the chicks got stepped on during hatching and died. The other 2 hatched just fine and each hen ended up with 1 chick each, hatched 2 days apart. I was really enjoying these hens care for these babies. They were so cute and sweet and I would spend a ton of time sitting down watching them. A few days ago, one of the chicks disappeared. At the time the chicks was about 4 days old. I never found the body, and have no idea where it went. The run they are in is secure and there were no holes in the fence line or anywhere that a predator appeared to have entered. I was really worried about the hen because she kept following the other mom and baby around. They even slept in the same nesting box at night for the first two days after the chick disappeared. After that she lost interest and went about her life. Then this morning I went out to let me chickens out into their yard and did not see the chick. I looked all over and finally found it in the nesting box, semi covered with bedding, dead. There were no apparent injuries, no blood. It did get cold last nigh but the mom was very attentive and was always laying on top of the chick. Now with both chicks dead I am so very disappointed. I have never allowed my hens to raise chicks before but was really starting to enjoy it. I had thought that it was so much easier than using a brooding box and thought I would do this more often. But now, I am not so sure. With all of the chicks having died, I am not sure that I will want to do this again. Any ideas as to what could have happened and why I failed so miserably?!!