Our little Buff Cochin Bantam has gone broody (her first time) and is setting on one of her own eggs and 3 she commandeered from her full size lady hen friends. They all prefer one nest box and climbed in right on top of her - despite protest - to lay their eggs today. I have moved her to the garage (unheated) to hatch out the babies. She is in a nesting box with plenty of hay and some shavings, food and water. This is why I am now posting under raising chicks: Once they hatch they will surely freeze if she walks away for more than a moment living in the coop with the others - it will be 20 below here off and on through the end of February. March is usually pretty brutal too, though by April we have MUD... Does this plan sound like it will work for them after they hatch: I have a 3x5 hoop tractor which I can tarp, put the nest box inside of, some shavings and food - if I use a heat lamp over one end will it be warm enough out in the garage since Mama will be there too? How big of a bulb? Where should I put the lamp - over the nesting box or at the other end? How quickly will they feather out if they will be ok in this set up - faster than if they were from the breeder? Thanks ahead for all the advice!!