My broody hen hatched 11 baby chicks. She is doing a good job protecting the babies from the other hens. Unfortunately, my coop is a two story design with a steep entry board from the base level. Yesterday, my broody hen took the chicks outside for their first day. The hen and chicks did well. But during dusk, the chicks weren't able to get up the steps. Most of the chicks were two to four days old. The hen decided to stay hunkered down underneath the coops steps. Unfortunately, the position she picked is not protected from the weather nor is it safe from predators. Also, when any of the adult hens came close, momma hen challenged them which led to lots of chest bumping. I relocated, with great difficulty, mom and babies to nesting box. Today, one of the chick fell out of the second story. Lots of noise from mom and child. The wind was blowing hard with heavy rain so the threat of hypothermia was very serious. Frustrated, I borrowed my neighbors very large dog crate and housed mom and babies inside. The crate should work for a week until the babies get bigger. My question is, what do you folks do about housing in a situation like mine? Also, what age will the babies be big enough to navigate the adult sized entrance steps?