My wife and I are novices when it comes to our chickens. We got our first hen and rooster about 18 months ago and have added 5 more hens since. One of the Hens decided to go broody about a month ago so we decided to let her sit. Here is where the fun and anxiety started. I figured it would be interesting and fun to see her hatch out some chicks as well as being educational for my 7 year old home schooled daughter. The issue was that she went broody on 2 eggs in a common nesting box that was about 24" off the ground. Then a couple days ago I noticed 3 more eggs under her in the box. Then next day one of the original eggs hatched and we had a new baby chick. We did some googling and decided that it might be best if we moved everything into a large dog kennel we have and kind of segregate the hen, chick and eggs away from the flock. We made the move last night and unfortunately and with deep heartache we dropped what must have been the other egg that had been under her from the beginning. We completed the move successfully minus the broken egg and we now have the hen, chick and new eggs segregated. We have the "kennel" under roof and under tarp in the run outside our coop. My question is how long should I wait after the new eggs hatch to try and introduce the hen and new chicks to the rest of the flock? I have an automatic feeder that is off the ground for the mature hens and rooster so I'm not concerned about the chicks getting the adult food but I am concerned about the adults eating all my starter crumble. I would appreciate any advice on how to move forward with this situation. If I had know it was going to be so stressful I might have changed my mind about letting her sit. As well as the frustration and grief over loosing the other egg!