Chicks and mama in with flock
Did the mommy adopt the chicks or is she still sitting? If she adopted them, then she will show them the way.. Otherwise they may get lost and need someone to guide them until they get the hang of things.
The only kind of similar thing that I did was when my hen hatched out chicks, is made a hole underneath the door so that the chicks could go in and out but the mother was right there to show them the way. She would go up and over the board where the door connects while the chicks woud go threw the hole underneath the board of the door. if that makes sense, since they weren't able to hop up to go threw the doorway this little plan of mine seemed to do the trick....
I've had 5 or 6 batches of chicks raised by a mama in with the flock, with no problems. The chicks didn't need any additional protection from the other hens, or the roo; the mama took care of this. This is definitely my preference, because the chicks are already a part of the flock when the mama quits mothering. Mine didn't have to go up a ramp, but this should not be a problem for them. If they won't go back in the coop, the mama should cover them wherever they gather to sleep. Or, she will call them to go up the ramp.
Happiness is when you can look at your chickens and smile....
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
Flockwatching my little bunch of mutts, a favorite pastime.
My mama hen raises hers in the flock. She currently has 7 (5 she hatched and 2 we slipped under her) and they are with the big girls. She won't let the big girls bother them and like Flockwatcher said--they are already part of the flock when they grow up.
Did I mention that mama is a banty and the rest of the girls are all standards? Gotta lonve the mama hen
Mine knew to go back in but didn't know how. The mama hen went in but the chicks couldn't figure out the ladder. So I put them on the top rung of the ladder and they would go in. I had one that would always wait to be last and would come to me for help. She was the runt. But she caught on and now of all things, she happens to be the boss of the 4 pullets I kept. She's the boldest also. I sold the 2 cockerels.