My first successful broody hen Hatched her babies out around the 30th of March, so they are about 4 weeks old. She still covers them up at night and doesnt seem annoyed at all by them during the day (they are isolated in a pen together, away from the main flock), but she just laid an egg today. The egg looks perfectly normal.
Everything I read says she won't lay again until she stop tending her babies but that's not the case. Should I try to move them all to the big coop? We have some rather mean girls and I'm afraid they'd hurt the babies, but I want to integrate them at some point.
I figure now while their mama still cares she might fight the mean hens off?
What's the best way to reintroduce the mama and introduce the babies? They don't free range but I can allow them to for a short period if that will help them all get together.