I have a broody mother, who hatched 8 chicks. The chicks were one week old on Saturday. I very carefully watched as she and the chicks were integrated into the flock, and there has been no aggression at all from the flock toward the chicks. The chicks are still a little too small to get themselves into the coop, so at night, i physically put them and the mother inside. And i count them. Last night, i counted eight chicks into the coop, but when i opened it up this morning, there were only 6. I looked all over and could find no sign of them. No feathers, no feet, no nothing. I don't know how this could happen. My chickens live in a solid wooden coop with a wooden/linoleum floor. The only thing i can conceivably think of is maybe a snake? But it would have had to come in through the hardware cloth under the eaves. I couldn't see any holes or anything, but that's the only thing i can think of. Anyone have any other ideas? Could this be what happened?