I currently have a new broody (she's a 9 month old Buff Orpington named Lucy) and she's in the coop nest boxes. Most of the girls lay there, but some lay in a rabbit hutch I have set up in the covered run as another laying box option. I want Lucy and her egg/hatchlings to be more protected, but I also can't figure out logistics of keeping her safe from bullies as well as keeping the chicks IN the hutch after they hatch; I also don't want anyone laying their eggs in her nest for the duration of her sit. Anyone wanna help me out here? I think it would be best to move here into the hutch, but I don't know if I close the door and let her out once a day? Or do I leave it open so she can come and go when her own body tells her to? Then when they hatch do I put chick feeder and waterer in the hutch with flock raiser for both mama and chicks? Walk me through this step by step! I don't want to mess this up, especially since she's brooding in the middle of winter when our days are only 30 degrees and our nights are in the low 20s if not teens before February. Thanks for your help! For more information, the hutch is raised off the ground on legs about 16" (total guess), and I have a basket in there for laying, but there's plenty of extra room in the hutch for feeders/waterers, etc. Tomorrow I will be putting some fabric up over the wire front to help keep out a draft.