Question about new chicks, new mamas, and ramps to the coop:
I am worrying in advance about the new mamas taking their chicks out of the coop. My coop is an old converted constructiont trailer, and it is about 3 feet off the ground. The run is 80 feet by 40 feet. I worry the mama will leave a chick behind, and the chick won't find its way back up the ramps to the coop and to mama.
How long should I keep mamas confined in the coop with chicks before I let her take them out? If it was a ground floor coop, I would feel much better about letting her go when she wanted too -
When I had a broody hatch before, she was able to use a small coop with a small attached run, but that isn't avail right now.