Kassaundra....what sort of predator(s) took your chicks/chickens? Britain only has a few, but the fox, especially, and the stoat are absolute pests.We have many red kites and buzzards in the area, but they never bother the chickens or even the chicks. I've made a breathing hole for my wrong-end chick, but no progress as of now. I have a second egg that's pipped in the incubator. My rookie broody in the shed has managed to hatch a chick amidst sheep shearing, and is currently clucking and purring, being very pleased with herself (she has only had real eggs for 2 days), and this is only day 20 plus.I'm hoping some are Naked Neck....they SHOULD be. It always seems that eggs hatch quicker when the weather is warm even though they should theoretically be at the same temperature whatever the ambient.(We don't do hot in Britain, BUT we are currently having our 3 days of summer.....hence sheep sheared, fields cut etc all in a frenzy before the rain comes again).