I posted this last night on the Raising Baby Chicks board, but I probably should have posted it over here. I haven't hatched chicks from a hen since I was a kid. I'll post an update after the quote: Ds came running in a few minutes ago and asked me to come outside quick, there was a new chick. I'm thinking one of my new hatchery chicks has somehow escaped the brooder and the barn, but thats not the case. It turns out my neighbors game rooster has been visiting my poop spreading hens. She made a nest under the side of the barn. I'm really concerned about my bird eating barn cat and my rat/mole hunting small dogs getting them. They don't harm grown chickens, but chicks, I'm sure would be another matter all together. I've tried to block off the area where the chicken is and put a cage against it in hopes she and the chicks will run into that. I've put some feed and water in there. I'm worried the dogs, or cat will still find a way in there with all the chirping. I saw two chicks. I reached my hand in and when she lifted up in an attempt to kill me I saw quite a few unhatched eggs. If I suit up real good and drag her and her nest out, secure it in a safe place, will she go back to sitting, or will all the unhatched eggs die? Should I try to take the chicks that are hatched out and put them in a brooder? I have to go somewhere in an hour and won't be able to watch this all evening, so something has to be done soon. this is actually ds's game hen, given to him by a friend, and I would hate for him to lose his surprise little chicks. Update: Last night I blocked off exits and put a cage up to the only exit left. I put food and water in it. This morning she and the chicks still haven't come out. Do you think I should try to pull her out now? I'm worried the longer she stays there the less chance she has. I did secure the animals last night, but I have had to let the little dogs out and I just can't keep this barn cat in my house....thats insanity I tell ya!