Originally Posted by MotorcycleChick
I don't know your chickens, but a mom will get protective of her young. If it is only one she should have no problem keeping it safe. Remember, the baby will not be coming out from under her for a while. It will need her to keep it warm.
Pentamom, no one answered about what to do about the chicks at 8 weeks. I have asked this question too, and the answer I got from all sides is that they will be in your garage until Spring. Some add a heat lamp in the coop, but if the power goes out (you know? Like during Sandy) the chickens will be so used to the warmth, the cold will kill them. They would be better in the garage. You can switch the bulb to a 40 or 60 watt. Speaking of bulbs, are you using a red one? It cuts down on problems with pecking and anxiety. It also lets them sleep better. "BRIGHT LIGHT! BRIGHT LIGHT!" as Gizmo said.
X2 on the Red Light. I noticed an obvious difference in their behavior.
Wingstone: I agree that it depends on your broody Momma and the overall temperment of your other chooks. I've noticed with mine that their rank in pecking order plays a big part in it. Also, how many chicks she has to watch over, probably with just the one to defend and chase after, she may do ok. I move my broodys out now, moslty because we have the broody hutches to put them in and I've found more than one newly hatched chicks dead in the main coop. It is heartbreaking.
PentaMom, there was a BYCer from Maine that hatched out chicks during the NYD Hatchalong last year. She said she put them outside at 6 weeks no matter the weather. I was very surprised and asked her about it, she has a whole regimen that she follows and sent me a PM describing it, I'll have to look to see if I still have it, and then if I can copy and paste it. My computer skills are seriously lacking, I blame it on age.