We woke up to a horrible sight this morning. Our 3 baby chicks had gotten loose from the small coop in our kennel, their mama dead in the coop and a snake in the nesting box, eggs missing. (Background: mom laid on eggs while we were on vacation and a friend did not get eggs out, mom was still sitting on about 4 eggs with 3 chicks hatched). It appears the snake got in, and either killed mama or she died trying to get chicks out, which, we're not sure. The door to the coop was closed, but not locked and was only slightly (an inch or so) ajar this morning. The good thing was that the rooter and other hen were roosting in the kennel and did not mess with the chicks. Two chicks have a little dried blood on their cones. Now, we have 3 orphaned chicks, under a week old. We removed them and put them in a large container with food/water and cedar chips. What else do we need to do?!? This is a pic of my babies inside the coop the other day. Their mama was fiercely protective and didn't even like us changing the water and food containers. This is my poor 3 orphans. My heart hurts for them. They are scared and traumatized for sure.