I have a first time broody hen and just wondered what to do with her and her chicks when they hatch? I let my chickens free range during the day, and one of my pullets decided to make a nice little nest in our yard. I gave up searching for her after 3 days, and when my husband was mowing with our bush hog, he found her! To our amazement she was sitting on 16 eggs! I'm sure there is a mixture from our other pullets! We've put a protective cage around her to keep her safe from predators, and I put water and food in with her as well. As of yesterday she has pushed 6 eggs out of the nest, leaving 10. I wondered how long we should keep the chicks seperated from the rest of the chickens once hatched, and if we should put a heat lamp in with the hen and chicks?