Thanks Miss Lydia for the info. I kind of feel like nature will take its course since nature has been doing this for far longer than I have. So I'm just trying to accommodate my hens the best way I can. The hen boxes are in sort of a 'second floor' of the overall coop. We used the Garden Coop plans so Im afraid I will have to get something closer to the ground for the first few weeks of the chicks lives. Im hoping mama will let me move her chicks a few days after they hatch.
Here is the coop they are both sitting in now:
The hen boxes are tucked in really nice and they are safe. The rooster doesnt go into the actual hen house much so I think they like how quiet it is in there. I have food and water hanging within a few feet from them, so this all seems ideal until the chicks are hatched.
Heres our 'pallet coop' thats currently empty and Im hoping to move all new chicks and the 2 mamas into once hatched.
I hope the move goes smoothly and the mommas dont get in each others way.
Im so dang excited you can bet ill have pics as soon as one pops its little head.