One of our 1-year-old Plymough Barred Rock hens went broody about a month ago, so we bought some Easter Egger eggs, which she's been sitting on in a broody box I made out of a dog kennel, and then stuck in the garage. Today is day 20, and we found three happy chicks under her last night, and I'm expecting there'll be more when I get home tonight, so we're very excited! The question is: Once the other eggs have either hatched or we've given up, what's the best thing to do to the hen and chicks? - I don't want to keep them in the broody box, because it's going to get pretty dirty and cramped pretty quick. - I'm not sure they're ready to join our six other 1-y-o PBR hens and the 24 PBR pullets/cockerels we hatched three months ago, all of whom free-range all day and sleep in our barn. Although with the mommy there to protect them, I could put the broody box (minus the door) in a corner of the garage, and see how it works. - We have a great 6x10 coop we've been keeping the pullets/cockerels in at night, but they're ready to transition to the barn. Could I move the mommy, chicks, and nest into the coop, and let them spend a few weeks/months in there? I like this option best, because there's lots of room, they can hunt and scratch in the grass and dirt, and they can get used to seeing the other chickens around them. Here in Kentucky, it's staying above 70 at night, so will they be OK without a heatlamp as long as they're cuddling with mommy, or should I pull out the heatlamp? Thanks in advance!