My broody has 4 little peeps under her. There are 3 more eggs, and I moved them under another broody since this one left the nest for these peeps. I have a few questions: Today was day 21. How much longer should I wait on the other 3 eggs before I abandon hope? Will my Broody Mama really be able to protect these chicks from the rest of my flock? I have a pretty mean alpha hen, and she is already pacing back and forth in front of my broody cage. When the Mama lets the chicks go on their own, at 3-4 weeks of age, will they be considered part of the flock and not be killed? I have only used a brooder before and I am really nervous. Thanks so much for all of your help.