Ok, I had a hatch last year, and one this year, but both times I kept the broody separated, and had a terrible time integrating her back into the flock. Was never able to integrate her and the chicks. My speckled sussex went broody a few weeks ago, and I decided to let her go, but leave her in the main coop. Trying to do it the old way, and let her deal with everything. Her original six eggs is now down to one egg. The other hens lay in her box, and sometimes I would find her in the other box setting on the new days eggs. I was doubting if any of the eggs were good. I lost the last 2 eggs about 4 days ago, not sure what happened but they got cracked or pecked, and there were chicks in both eggs, looking to be about a week away from hatching, so I have hopes for this last egg. Mama hen is starting to look bad, really pale comb. I've been giving her some sugar water, and literally putting water into her. She does not leave that nest unless I let everyone out to freerange, and the last time I did that, a couple of days ago, everyone beat up on her, to the point I had to intervene, then she went right back to her nest. I'm concerned that she didn't fight the others to protect herself, so I now doubt her ability to fight the others off to protect her chick. I went into this, somewhat as an experiment to see how it would go, but now I'm having nightmares of seeing all the other hens chasing each other, with this chick in one of their beaks, and of a bloody chicken fight as she tries to protect her chick. Am I over worrying? I really can't separate her where she's at, but I do have an area in my smaller coop where I can move her to, but I hate to disrupt her and have her quit sitting. That also goes against what I was trying to do, but I think since she hasn't been out and about, it's no different than having separated her in the beginning. It's a dark egg, from one of my welsummer's and next to impossible to candle. I'm only going to give her six more days, just at a loss what I should do right now. And maybe I should just do what was originally planned and let nature takes it course....but that's what is giving me these nightmares.