Well, I'm still debating whether or not we are going to let Mrs. Rude hatch the eggs or not. This is the first time a chicken has gone broody for us and so she is sitting in a box w/o any straw in it and for one I'm wondering if we should now attempt to put straw in it for the chicks, should we be putting food right there in the box for her since she's not eating at all? The reason we're debating it is because I'm worried about if the chicks will not be able to withstand the midwestern winter here..........they will only be a few months old and no we don't have eat in the coop and don't plan on getting any because of fire concerns. We lock them in during the cold weather and it holds up pretty well. Still I'm thinking that it's pretty late in the season and if she had hatched eggs earlier, the chicks would be hardier? As you can tell I'm pretty nervous about what I'm going to do here and any insight would be very helpful. This is day number 3 that she has been sitting on them and don't want to wait another day because I will feel like a bird killer if I wait any longer. Thanks for any help!