Hello! We have a broody barred rock. She's been sitting in her nesting box for about a week now. Last night we slipped some fertile eggs under her. Two questions have come up since then: 1. The nesting boxes in our 2 level henhouse are adjacent to a raised roosting area with a ladder to get down into the floor of the coop and out to free range in our yard (two photos below). Should we move her somewhere closer to the ground so that her chicks won't fall once they are mobile? Or should we turn the ladder into more of a (pretty steep) ramp? And if we should move her, when is the best time? Now or after they hatch? 2. When I calculated the incubation period I realized that the eggs will hatch right before we go out of town for a week. Is it a bad idea to be out of town for the early days, even if we've got them well set up with food and water? Or should we just let mama hen do her thing? And if it's best for us to be here, can we wait another week to put eggs under her? Will her broodiness last that long? She's already been broody for about a week. Thank you for any guidance you have. This forum is so helpful!!