My father-in-law has chickens. He copied off of me with my birds and got his own hens this spring. His one hen went broody and started sitting on eggs. Today or yesterday one of them hatched. He has 14 hens and 2 roos. They free range all day, then go into a 8x20 shed he turned into a coop. The coop doors, big doors, are kept open all night. He built shelves 3ft off the ground. That is where the new momma and chick are now. The ledge is too high for new baby to get off of. Also, we don't know how the other chickens will do with new addition. Tomorrow he plans on putting it in a brooder box that I said I'd set up for him. SO, my question: Will one chick thrive by itself in a brooder box, or does she need to stay with mom. It's seems risky and a lot of work to get everything changed around and made safe in the coop, but won't the chick get lonely in a brooder by itself? Which way is best? COOP or BROODER? Thanks!