My broody had two eggs under her that were due tomorrow. She was in the breeding pen - which is an 8x4-foot dog kennel, and not in the main pen (which is a 21-foot by 17-foot sheet-metal pen from an above-ground pool, with netting over the top). Today I went outside and decided to check for pips and chirping, since I knew they were due tomorrow and she's been a good sitting mommy. When I got to the pen, I lifted her up and saw... only the original golfball I placed in there to show them where to lay. I looked around, but saw no babies. After lifting her completely up, I found the eggshells from the babies, but no little chirping fuzz butts. Not even a flattened one to suggest she had somehow squished it, or that it had died. THEN I noticed the huge pile of feathers against the side of the chain-link fence that makes up the pen. Not a baby chick.... but hers. Something had gotten in last night and taken the babies. And apparently she put up a massive fight attacking whatever it was, unable to leave the pen (at that location) to chase after it. She lost a HUGE amount of feathers, trying to kill whatever was taking her babies. Judging by the size of the holes and the location of the nest box, either a raccoon reached in for them, or a snake got them. But she was now trying her best to save and hatch out her one remaining "egg" which was actually a golf ball! I feel so incredibly bad for her! But there is good news. I have eight eggs in the incubator due on November 2nd. They are large fowl, and she's only a bantam, so I took five out there and put them under her. I also removed the golfball this time to make room. She'll have to wait two extra days, but I'm hoping she will at least have SOMETHING to show for sitting over a month, now.