I am feeling a little heart broken. A week ago I lost a sweet broody and her 7, 3 day old chicks when she decided to hunker down under the chicken coop for the night. I saw her there, but knew there was no way I could reach her, as the coop is quite large, and she was in the dead center. I decided to hope for the best and the next night make sure she was safely locked up so she couldnt do it again. But by morning they were all gone. I cleaned up the dead carcass of the mother. Must have been a raccoon. I had another broody from a few weeks ago who hatched out 4 chicks and they were growing so big. 1 died after a week, I dont know the cause. Then one disappeared a couple weeks later. Then last night we lost the remaining two. I found one of them dead, the other was gone. I think rats or something were able to squeeze through the bottom of the door. I think they pulled the chicks through the bottom of the door by the head because the one I found was next to the door with his head almost out the door, and he had neck injuries like something bit him. Would rats do that? Or maybe an opossum? I fixed the door today. But I am so sad. And I feel so sad for the poor mother who is without a single baby today. Do chickens mourn?