Right now we have a hen with three 2-day old chicks. We have been keeping her separate in a little house (like a rabbit hutch on the ground) where she sat on and hatched her eggs. They have food and water in there, we take her out briefly for exercise a couple of times a day and she is a great mom! The problem is, we have to go away for 5 days later next week. We will have someone letting the chickens out in the morning and closing them in at night. It seems like it would be too much confinement to keep the mom and chicks in the little house 24 hrs a day. But I am worried that if we put her and the chicks back in the big henhouse with the rest of the flock, the chicks will be harmed. Suggestions please!