:) Yeah, after I posted this, I found my old threads... I let her brood 6 eggs 2 years ago, got 3 babies... I had them in a pen within the big pen, separated for 3 weeks, using 'baby' chicken wire (small holes). They escaped at the 3 week mark and I quit fighting them, so I removed that and let them all coexisit with no issues.
I think this time I won't do anything. I only plan to move her and the eggs to the nursery coop. They will sleep there, and during the day interact with the flock, like before. But this time from the start. I would like to attempt to make a baby creep feeder, to save the starter feed costs, but need to look into ideas yet. :)
The nursery coop exists only because my main coop is rather small, and the nest boxes are some 2 feet off the ground, so good luck getting babies up there safely!
Last time I had her in a tarped over dog crate and moved her the day they hatched (my math was VERY wrong lol, such a newbie, huh?!). That worked out fine.
I have been contemplating moving 2 hens to share the eggs and nursery coop. The eggs are all from a 3 day time period, so should roughly hatch the same day or so, I would assume... Do you think that would be an okay thing? They are both very broody, though one seems slightly dingier than the other, occasionally sitting on air. Both are Buff Orpingtons, so I honestly can't say who brooded for me last time (heck, it could be one who passed away for all I know! They lost their leg bands ages ago. I just recently redid the current 2 BOs.)
Thanks so much for the help!