So I have a broody in my coop who is on day 20 today. She has been sitting tight on 6 eggs for 20 days with no problems and this morning I went right out to let out all the chickens and she got up to go eat and poo so I went to peek in the nest and one of the eggs had disappeared. There is absolutely no sign of it anywhere- not shell pieces, no early arrival chick, not a thing. To make matters even more confusing my dogs were huddled over something in the yard behind me after I had done a complete coop sweep to make sure the egg wasn't there and they were eating an egg from one of my other hens (thank goodness it wasn't the same lost egg) but I have NO clue how they would have found an egg in the yard to munch on. But now I am really sad because I should have had a baby chick from that egg tomorrow and because I wonder what could have possibly gotten into my coop and carried away two eggs, one without a trace, and then leave another broken one in the yard for the dogs to finish off. I am so worried about the other eggs today as they are all supposed to hatch tomorrow. There is no possible way for a raccoon or a opossum to get in there when the coop is closed up at night. The coop was maybe only open after dark for about a half hour before I closed it up last night. All the chickens were fine, but I failed to check under her for all the eggs, i didn't want to bother her during this "lockdown" period. I looked everywhere for the egg this morning and couldn't find a trace of it anywhere. I found some shell in the garden near where the dogs were but that was the egg they must have found in the yard which was a light tan egg. The egg missing is a splash egg, very dark brown shell. It was freezing cold last night and I live in Indiana (and in the middle Indianapolis) so a snake is out of the question because of temperature. Not that I have EVER seen one here anyway. I have never once seen a rat around but it doesn't mean they aren't here. And I heard they steal eggs- but I still have no clue how it could have gotten in. Every opening in my coop is covered with hardware cloth wire. Would a mama hen eat her egg, shell and all and leave no trace of it? I have never had a problem with egg eating either. The other hens are still sharing the coop with her, but again, there was NO sign of the egg. I know that no one can really help, I am just SO SAD that I lost an egg so close to the hatch date and especially in a way that is so confusing and leaves me so worried about the other 5 eggs.