I have a 1st time broody who, this weekend, started hatching her eggs. I've got 3 so far (1 hatched 3/20, 2 hatched 3/21 and now another one is pipping (3/22). She is in the coop in a popular nest box - but I have it blocked off at night/early morning while the girls and roo are all locked in, until I open it up the next day.
She's doing great! I put chick starter and water in there with them and she's taught them how to eat and drink and it's adorable. She is still waiting for the last two eggs though. And she hasn't gotten off of them since 3/21! I unblock the nest so she can get out to defecate and do what she needs to during the day - but while I was in there checking on them today... She definitely just did her broody poop thing right there in the next box with her little ones under her wing.
Is this normal? Should I be concerned about the health of the chicks? I want to move her, but she's still waiting on eggs and I'm not sure if now is the right time. (One is in the middle of hatching, it's just taking its time.) This nest is about 2ft off the ground.
I have a spot for her in the coop on the floor that is larger for she and the chicks - where they'll be safe from everyone else and where she can safely leave the nest to do her thing. Should I attempt moving her and the chicks at night? (And possibly the remaining eggs?)
Thanks for your help..! <3
Obligatory chick pics