I have a couple of questions about chicken behavior...
1. One of my baby marans refuses to go into the coop at night....I usually guide her and she will then run into the pen....on the occasions when I am not there when the flock is settling in, she will decide to roost on the the edge of the pen's fencing where it attaches to the coop....I thought as she became more integrated with the flock she would just follow the roo into the pen....thats not happening....will cold nights impress her to go into the coop or am I going to have to manually put her in the coop every night?
2. I have a broody girl who has been sitting on 4 eggs for about 13 days....two day ago she came out of the pen for a break and had the shell of one of her eggs in her mouth...when I checked the egg it was a fertile egg and had partially developed...did she whack the egg cause she felt something was wrong or was is just an accident(she laid the egg and some of her eggs are thin shelled)?
3. in another week I may have a chick or two hatching....do I need to remove mom and kids to a separate locale? Or should I just position some chick food and water near her nesting box...she is one of the more dominant birds in my flock...and I don't know how the changing weather will affect things....?
Thanks for any advise!!!!!