I have a broody hen that just hatched 7 chicks, all 2-3 days old.
She hatched them in the coop, a 3x4 box that is raised about 3 feet off the ground. This is chicken central, where the roost and nests are. I have a long ramp that leads to the entrance of the coop. It's fairly steep, at least, for a baby chick.
This sits inside of a larger henhouse, which opens to a decent sized run. Sand floors, straw. It's wood with some rot, so it's not impervious to small predators.
What the heck do I do now? I hear the broody scratching at the coop floor and want to let her out.
I have a chicken tractor 4x8 feet with 1/2 inch mesh all around, and a medium sized pet carrier that I could convert to a temporary shelter. I'm thinking of moving mama and the chicks out to this. Probably in the yard itself, where theres a lot more grass and bits to scratch and eat.
Would this be OK? Put the chicks and mama in the tractor, with a pet carrier and line the area around the tractor with chicken wire to prevent diggers? Can I leave them overnight, or should I gather them up and put them back in the coop?
When would be the best time to move them out into the yard?
Do you think a chick can walk up a ramp if I lined it with burlap to give it something to grab onto?
Feeling a bit overwhelmed, so thanks for your help!