We had decided to wait until spring to try to hatch eggs with a broody hen....but when I saw 8 fresh eggs and a broody, I could not resist trying. We moved her inside to the brooder and she is sitting nicely on the eggs and taking care of them. (Thanks to you all who gave me advice on how to successfully move her inside!) Now, my question is this....we have soft shavings in the floor of the brooder ( also in the coop and nesting box that she is used to). Is this material okay for newly-hatched chicks, if we are so fortunate? It is well-ventilated with wire mesh on each end and on top.