Last night we gave a broody hen eight Bantam Dutch eggs to sit on for a friend. She happily sat on them....this morning we checked on her and three of the eight eggs are gone! (she had replaced them with three regular sized eggs laid by other hens.) The hen house gets locked down at sundown...there is no way in after that. There is no trace of cracked eggs inside the hen house. No sign of a struggle...(no feathers all over...hen doesnt look harmed) My husband thought he saw some kind of small animal run off when he was walking past the coop last evening before sundown.....so the big question: how do three eggs disappear out from under a hen? Would a preditor steal eggs but not harm the chickens? We have not had any preditor problems before this (except for hawks once). We do live in the country, backing up to woods...we do know that there are fox and racoons around us...but they have never bothered the chickens, so far.... Any thoughts?