Good Morning, A few questions for those of you out there that have already been through this and know what to expect: One of our free ranging hens laid a clucth of eggs in a nesting spot she found in our flower garden. Yesterday (8/8/08) she became a proud new Mom to 4 chicks, and I think there are still 3 or 4 unhatched eggs under her as of this morning. I just checked on them this morning and the 4 that have hatched are underneath or very close to Mom, nobody is out roaming or trying to peck at the ground. My questions are: How long does Mom normally continue to sit on the unhatched eggs and how soon will she begin to lead the chicks out to gather food? Also should I place Mom and the chicks in a safer spot, like an empty 3'x8' chicken tractor? Is there any reason to take the chicks from the Mom and raise them in a box w/ a heat lamp? I'd prefer not to, but I'm not sure what the norm is. And lastly; for free ranging birds should I put out some starter crumbles for the chicks or will the Mom start them out on bugs and such? Thanks!