Today I found all the chicks in the outside brooder dead. They were 3-4 weeks old. An easter egger had managed to push down the wire and slide into the box yesterday. Knowing they had plenty of food and water, I didn't check on them last night. Well, I found her in there and all nine babies dead this afternoon. She had knocked over ther water, eatten the food, laid two eggs (probably the reason she was investigating the box), nd pecked at them. The bodies were all in a corner. The pecking was mostly on the scalp. Did she kill them or did they dehydrate in 24hrs? The bodies were already smelling.