As many of you know I have my first ever broody, and out of all my hens the only. Well, no longer. This afternoon my daughter and were back there doing chores and she wanted to get out of the little coop as I could see her at the door. So I said oh maybe she just wants to scratch a little and will go right back in. After about 15 minutes of her dust bathing she did not look like she was going to so my daughter looked in the coop and moved all the hay which we thought she was covering the eggs with. I told her to look for pips etc. I know she was excited even though she things I have lost my mind. THERE WERE NO EGGS,,,NONE. I wanted to cry, I kept on saying are you sure, are you sure??? She cleaned the whole smelly mess out and not even a shell, mind you she was initially sitting on 16 eggs. Now I know why the coop stunk so bad. I will assume she ate them all and I hope someone can enlighten this first time not to be broody chicken mother as to what might have happened. I was so looking forward to Saturday and yesterday built the little pen for them in the big pen,,,,,I want to cry!