I've got a missing baby chick mystery. One of 3 chicks (2 weeks old) that I raise with a broody together with the flock disappeared overnight. I would have thought of rats at night but there was a strange incident in the morning. I heard a chick's loud distress cheeping in the morning when the whole flock was still in the coop. Looked out of the window, saw nothing, thought he was just getting pecked on. When I went out a few minutes later to let the flock free range, they were very hesitant to come out - unusual. Normally they stampede out when I open the door. I looked around and saw a feral cat lurking nearby. Chased it away with a few pebbles. The flock then came out of the coop, minus one chick. How could the cat get it if it was in the coop? There is no opening big enough for a baby chick to get out, much less for a cat to get in! Could a cat pull a baby chick through a tiny hole measuring 1.5 cm? Or was the cat there just by coincidence?