My chickens are now 4 days old, they hatched at 20 and 21 days. First time for me. A friend gave me 5 eggs to put under my broody hen. Two were not successful, one death in egg of a chick that appeared to be full size. Last egg had developing chick inside but not seeing movement. I was hoping to get a chick from that one an Araucana egg but I don't think it will be good. Mother hen is protective of the chicks and has taught them to eat and drink. They are still housed in a small dog kennel in my chicken coop where the two other hens can see them. I am using sugarcane mulch to line the box. It has a wire mess door. I take mom out twice a day for a few minutes to do her business, she used to stay out ten mins to eat and drink when sitting on the eggs but goes straight back in now she has the chicks. She eats the chick starter food and water. The chickens spend most of the time under mom so far. Springtime here in NSW Australia. 12 degrees C today but going up to mid 20's C on the weekend. I plan to build a small tractor with small mesh to put them into with mom inside my large chicken pen until they are a few months old. Unfortunately I have a Diamond Python Snake visiting the pen eating mice and stealing the occasional egg. He will eat the chicks for sure if given the chance. Any tips from here appreciated. How long should I keep them in the small kennel? I am thinking they should have more space to run around.