I fell in on a 2 roosters and 4 hens in Feb. One of the Hens had three chicks hatch. We decide to let her hatch the chicks because we don't have a proper incubator and brooder (I learned all these new terms on this website.) We can make a brooder but we'd have to keep it outside, as there is no room in our rooms here for one. So, I'm currently letting the 3 of the 4 hens tend to the chicks. They're doing well so far, they're about 1 wk old. Can I let the hen do all the work? I'm not sure if the chicks are getting food, and where i'm at getting medicated chicken feed is outta of the question. Their diet consists of mainly corn with some nuts. I feed them every morning, and open the cage for the chickens to roam the land. They come back about 15 mins before sundown like clock work. Will the droppings from the other chickens overwhelm the chicks? We expanded the coup the other day and I took the opportunity to clean out all the poop. So here are some more questions: How do the hens keep the chicks warm? (I want to hear what you guys have to say, but i've noticed the chicks just stay under the hen) Are the Hens capable of raising the chicks from 1-60 then 60-120? I'm asking these questions because I've exhausted my resources looking in the Raising Chickens 101. This website is VERY informative and i've learned a lot about what I'd do back in the states, but in Afghanistan, it's a whole another ball game. Here, turkeys and chickens run around the country side. Finding seeds, splashing in the mud, etc. I'll try to post some pictures of the coup and the new chicks. Chime in with any questions or comments. i want to learn as much as I can. Thanks, Chris.