We got fertile eggs for our broody hen and in a couple of days should have chicks. We are going to trust that her excellent mothering will continue through the hatch. My question is how to handle things after that. Our four girls are in a large aviary type coop with lots of free ranging. I figured I would section off one end of the coop as a brooder until the chicks go back to the farm the eggs came from, but we are using the deep bedding method, I.e. the floor of the coop is NOT clean. There is plenty of poop in there but it is clean enough for us to walk on and not smelly. I am assuming that, even tho none of our flock have ever been sick, there are probably germs in the bedding that might harm the chicks. Like coccidiosis. Should I put them in a Box in the coop? I. Am thinking a box with a hole in one side for mom to go in and out should work for a week or two. Thoughts? Suggestions? I am in WA state where it is still freezing at night but I expect that mom will keep the babies warm?