Well this is our first hatch and I find that I still have a few questions even after tapping into the collective wisdom of this awesome site! I have a buff Orpington hen and she started sitting on about 9 eggs. It was difficult to catch the actual number. She is normally a very sweet hen but has turned fairly T-rex like after sitting on the eggs. I didn't believe that she was having a problem with the other hens coming in so I let her be. I think one or two snuck in so I fully expect to have some eggs that don't make it. I did catch her eating one day and was able to count the eggs and remove one that had a crack. But for the most part she has been comfortable and undisturbed in the main coop. Here are my questions. She is sitting in a nest box that is about 24 inches off the ground. I left her there just to prevent any rat attacks, however, I don't think it is a very good place for the chicks to hatch. (first step is a doosy) I was planning on moving her to a dog transporter tonight for the upcoming hatching. My dilemma is this. Where to hatch the chicks. I like the idea of leaving them in the main coop BUT I don't think they would be able to get outside (ramps) and I am not real sure about their security. Here are my options. a. I can move them into a dog crate and move them into a "spare" grow out coop (8x8) and let mom raise them by themselves. b. Move Mom and eggs into the dog kennel tonight. Leave them in the main coop and provide food and water (chick size) at the hatching site and see if mom can get them outside/inside? I am concerned that the chicks won't be able to navigate the ramps and will become separated from mom, chill and die. What are your recommendations? I also see this lockdown term but from the reading here, I don't see any compelling reason not to move mom/nest tonight? Just want to make sure I am not missing something?