I don't have chickens yet, and they will be my first. I may get a mixed flock from someone, and she says some of her hens are broody. I don't mind allowing a few eggs to hatch, as we will have lots of land and I want them to eat the bugs. However, I DO NOT want to get into incubating and stuff. Don't try to convince me, I have too many other things going on and I would feel terrible if I cooked or froze some chickies. What I am wondering is if I just allow them to hatch, can't they grow up naturally? My chickens will be free range, but I am guessing I should keep the chicks penned for a while. I do have cats that will kill small chicks. Is there a way I can set up the coop so that the chicks cant get out and the rest of the flock can get in and out at will?