I read the list of predators and know it could be a number of things. It seems many of them (skunk, possum--and I know we have possums nearby) would also attack the hens, so I am guessing it may have been a rat. Any ideas on how to prevent this from becoming a regular occurrence? This is the first sign of any predation but I did expect more problems with the warmer weather. I am also concerned because I am expecting chicks later this week, from a broody hen who is out in the coop. Should I consider bringing my broody inside for the next few days or take the chicks as they hatch?