Our BO (Thelma Lou) decided she would not be broken from her broodiness despite EVERYTHING I tried. So got her a dozen eggs to hatch (2 are duck eggs I'm pulling to put in the bator tomorrow morning). She was so happy but then boycotted her nest on Day 17. Not to fear, the tiniest of our bantams (Lacey) rushed in to pick up where Thelma Lou left off and has stayed on the nest. Chicks started hatching tonight - I can see one egg has a really good hole started...she's doing a good job covering the rest so I can't see anything else. Anyway....a few questions... 1. Will this teeny bantam (she's about the size of a dove) be able to take care of these 10 standard sized chicks? I really don't want to put anyone in the brooder....(I'm lazy and the indoor critters wear me out as I run interference...) 2. Should I leave them all in the hen house and wait to see if the other hens give her trouble by picking on the chicks - move 'em only if I have to? There are 15 standard laying hens (no roosters) and one other bantam hen...Lacey is at the top of the pecking order but I worry about her trying to watch over so many babies.... 3. If I leave the flock together, what do I need to do about feed? I've got 16% layer ration out for the flock and various add-ins...yogurt and appropriate kitchen scraps every other day or so. Should I put chick feed somewhere, mix it in w/the layer ration....IDK??? 4. Is it going to be just easier all the way around to separate Lacey & the chicks?? Doing so would be PITA for me but if it's the best thing to do....well, we're slaves to these crazy chickens, anyway....what's one more thing?!?!? Thanks SO MUCH for any advice, help, etc. you might give. We hatched out broilers in the bator for 4-H and they went to their new "home" on day 4 so long term care was not a concern. We've got some homes lined up for these birds but the idea was to let Thelma Lou raise them a bit to break the broodiness...now that Lacey is on the nest....well, she's not hard to break from being broody but I don't want to snatch "her" babies away from her. WHAT WOULD YOU DO? WHAT'S BEST FOR THE BABIES & FLOCK? THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!