One of our Cayugas started hatching out her clutch of 13 eggs sometime between last night and this morning, and there are at least 5 or 6 of the little guys hatched so far! I'm about to head out to the feed store to grab some duckling feed, and have left two small dishes of water in the nesting area so that Mum doesn't get too dry...it's really hot out here today and the coop is on the warm side. We'll be throwing the brooder together this afternoon, and will be using puppy pads (provided I can find them) with a light layer of shavings over top. Is there anything I need to keep in mind between now and then? Mum has been setting on the eggs in the main coop area, which is also home to 5 roosters, one drake and one other female Cayuga. Would I be right in assuming that the brooder should be kept physically separated from the other birds, or has anyone else been doing it differently? Thanks much for any suggestions!