So I've gotten a good feel that most broody hens will take to day old chicks placed under them under cover of darkness when the hens are in the chicken zombie stage of night. My question is logistics for the little buggers. I currently have two hens (by attrition; started with six, a fox moved into the neighborhood, she nabbed a couple, we stopped free-ranging for a month or two, fox moved on to greener pastures). One has been broody for over a month, and has been sitting on an empty nest for most of that time, determined to hatch... something. Imaginary eggs. Neither hen has been a mother before. So I have three baby chicks coming next week, and would like to try giving them to her, but the problem is the coop and the nest boxes. The boxes are bout 2 feet off the floor of the coop, and the pop door to the run is also about 18 inches or so up. I'm assuming the chicks won't be able to make the leap! Do I move the hen somehow, maybe to the floor of the coop, prior to giving her the chicks? Is it okay to keep them confined to the coop? There's also a nice deep pile of shavings on the floor of the coop, great for hens, but maybe problematic for chicks. Any thoughts would be appreciated. You can see pics of my coop in my profile, to get an idea of what I'm dealing with. Thanks in advance!