We have a little bantam cross sitting on a dozen eggs right now. She is very small, and some of the eggs are from our Rhode Island Red. I guess the main issue I am having with her decision to be a mommy is that we live in Maine. This is probably the worst possible time of year for her to decide to sit on a bunch of eggs. She is being a really good Momma. When our Red goes into the nesting area to lay her egg, the bantam jumps out to get some food and a drink. They are taking turns and working as a team, with the little bantam doing almost all of the sitting and the Red donating new eggs. I've marked a bunch of the eggs and we are pulling the fresh ones every day. Would you continue to let them sit on the eggs, even though winter is coming? I know that if they hatch we have to take them away and bring them inside. Even if it weren't 30 degrees out, our rooster killed a chick earlier this summer. But it seems like it's not a good idea to have little chicks outside for another six months...is it really fair to young chickens to make them live inside for that long? Do you think they could go outside earlier than that?