I have 10 peafowl that are two years old. They were raised here from chicks and have never been penned, except for when they were young. They free range daily, sleep in the trees or barn at night and have, in my opinion, a wonderful life. I have a blue hen that has taken to laying a clutch of eggs on a higher platform in the barn. There is no straw or any nesting materials whatsoever, but she's sitting on a clutch of eggs of which I'm not certain of the count. I did see her breeding so there is a good chance that the eggs are fertile. So far she seems to be very good at brooding them and rarely leaves her "nest." The dilemma I have is that, one, I don't know whether they are fertile, and two, if they are and do hatch, the chicks would kill themselves once they were mobile as they would fall to their death below. I could incubate the eggs, but I have strong feelings about fowl in general not being able to hone their mothering instincts as eggs are taken away from them and they never have the opportunity to use what I consider natural behaviors. All of this to say that once the eggs hatch, if I brought the chicks down would the hen/mother take care of them on the ground level or should I then brood them in a brooder to ensure survival? Thanks for any advice in advance.