We have a broody hen that we moved into a seperate cage, and we started out with about 6 eggs. 3 have hatched, 1 died, and two are still alive. What is the best enviroment for the chicks? I do not have a good history with raising chicks, last year only 6 out of 17 of the ones I ordered made it. Would it be best to leave them with the mom? I would really like to bond with these ones, as the other hens and roosters are'nt very friendly. Also, the two chicks keep pooping in the feed, and then the hen eats it? Is that normal? She makes it very difficult to change the litter, or put food in. Also, the nesting box she is in is where the chicks are, but how will they get out to eat the starter? And is it ok for the hen to eat the starter? Thanks! I have pics to post but I cant figure that out yet.