Our bantam decided it was clucky, so I bought some fertilised Barnevelder eggs, put them under her, and presto, 3 new chicks (out of 6 eggs). Not too bad. I made a cage, placed it on the ground so mum and babies could learn how to scratch, small chicken wire all over it, a nice dry place etc. Day 1, 1 chick missing - no sign of entry anywhere - chick just gone. Day 2, next 2 chicks gone (small hole under cage). What could have taken them? We do have a few rats around. Could they have done this? Very saddened.