I'v only had chickens a few months now (and I'm already OBSESSED!!). I'v got two female silkies and a silkie roo. I originally was only going to keep the hens, but "Fluffy," my roo, is the absolute best and I can't imagine getting rid of him (even with those 6:30am crows). He is very respectful and careful with the hens, and he takes care of them. My white silkies just started laying about a month ago. One couldn't care less about her eggs. The other, though, is a drop-dead broody hen!! I went out of town two weeks ago. When I came back, she was sitting on a pile of eggs! I decided to let her sit on them- who can resist baby silkies? She gets very upset if she thinks you are going to take her eggs. I also have been putting a few eggs from Ms. Independent under my broody hen. I'm a little worried now, though, that maybe I shouldn't have done that. They will now hatch at different times (if they even hatch at all). What should I do with the babies? Take them as they hatch until they all hatch then give them back to mamma? It is very hot here in south GA, so I know they would be warm enough in their pen with mom. I'v got a 30 x 10 pen with the 3 silkies and 4 other young mixed hens and two coops in their pen. The silkies get in their coop every night (the other 4 go into the other).. could the babies climb into the coop with mom? Or should I keep them in the brooder until they are older? I also worry about varmints... I'v got hardware cloth 3 or 4 ft up their pen, but the rest is chain length fencing (2 dog pens put together) with wire at the top. What do you guys think? Your help is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!