So we (chicken newbies) have our first broody hen, who has been sitting on a golf ball and a sand filled plastic egg for over a week. Her comb is very pale. She does get off the nest but just very occasionally that we have seen. She seems okay and we have seen her eating but not laying. We want to have chicks, but currently have one big coop and one big yard for our 17 pullets and one roo. We were going to make a chicken tractor so as to have a place for the chicks and broody hen should we get one in the spring. I have lots of fertile eggs I could put under her however, how fancy do their temporary quarters have to be? I have extra dog crates but no real enclosure for the young chicks to grow enough to feather out. Would my other chickens peck the chicks to death, is that what happens if they don't have their own area? What happened in the old days of the barnyard? Do I put hatching eggs under her now or after I move her? Leave her on her fake ones for awhile but maybe add a few each day? I really want to avoid having chicks in the house again, do they have to be indoors? If they are with their mom do they need to be 100 degrees for the first week, etc, like when you have them in a brooder? If I can't arrange a chick area for her, what would be the best way of discouraging her to stop this now but feel like it later? We were actually happy we have a broody BO. I wanted to hatch out some ducklings too in the spring.