I have (well, had) a broody hen on 4 chicks, about a week old, in the corner of my chicken-coop stall (it is a horse stall with chicken wire enclosing the open top portion and boarded up elsewhere), plus a cage top over them for the night. Well this morning I let the other chickens out, took the cage top off, and... there was the mother hen, but no chicks! They were just gone- nothing left, not even feathers. Something evidently tunneled under the stall wall, under the cage, and stole the chicks. The tunnel is not huge- just about big enough for a cat to get through. Does anyone know what would have done this (and how to get rid of it)? I was thinking maybe a weasel or a rat, but Im really not sure. It didnt bother any of the other chickens in the coop- of course, they were all up on perches, except the broody hen. It also didnt leave any traces. LIke I said, the chicks were just... gone. I am planning to set a box trap tonight and hopefully get rid of whatever-it-is, but on the other hand, all the chicks are gone, so Im in no real big hurry Still, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!