Hi, all! I'm fairly new to this whole raising chickens in the backyard thing, so I hope you can help me. We have a pair of RIRs, and the hen has finally started laying. She had 5 eggs in her nest the other night. I went and checked tonight, and now we're down to three! I'm sure it's a snake or something like that stealing the eggs - is there a way to prevent this? Her nest is a two-sided (top and side) wooden structure that my husband attached to the house. Inside this, we put one of those big plastic barrels full of straw for her to nest in, and we have a piece of plywood kinda leaned against the opening like a tent flap to keep off the cool air. Also, they're in my fenced-in backyard. I don't have an incubator, or I would bring them in the house and hatch them myself. Is there a way to do this without having a "real" incubator? Thanks in advance for any suggestions - I would love to have some baby chicks to add to our little flock!