I did some searching of the threads hoping for an answer, but don't seem to be finding what I am looking for. I am letting a broody have her way and see if she can raise up some babies for us (obviously we have a rooster, lol, so hopefully some of the eggs I gave her are fertile). Right now she is in a nest box in the main coop. This weekend I plan to pull out our giant dog crate and move her and her eggs in there until they hatch. She will have food and water. I am contemplating giving her a little fenced in area as well. My questions: 1) Feeding the babies. Do I put out both adult layer and chick starter? Or do I only give chick starter and mom will eat that and be okay? The layer feed I give is a cracked grain style, not crumble or what not. I plan to buy a bag of chick starter crumble for the babies. 2) Appropriate housing/separating from the flock. I have a flock of 14 hens and a rooster. They are in a large yard of chicken wire over goat fence, no overhead fence coverage. I was thinking of putting her in the giant dog crate, and fashioning a little fenced yard with overhead coverage inside the existing chicken yard, to protect the babies better from overhead (along with from my cats, though my hope is that the hen(s and rooster) would protect the babies from the cats, if there was an issue. The cats don't treat the adults as food. But I probably shouldn't chance this one. lol) ---Should I make the baby fence area in such a way that mom and babies can leave it to go with general population, but can run back under it if needed? I know this won't stop a cat, as the cat can just waltz in the opening, but I was thinking for overhead predators. ---Or should I keep the babies and mom away from the flock until they are a certain age (which would be___?). Does this separation cause the babies to have an issue integrating when they are big enough to go with the flock? I think that is it for now. Thanks for the help!